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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.



Koç University | İstanbul, Turkey | Advancing SDG 4 & UNAI 5


" Being part of the Milennium Fellowship will be the chance for me to fully work and give my best effort to reach my goal of helping others. The network and the people that I will meet will make me inspired and with the lessons I will learn , the activites that we will do, I believe that I will be fully myself with the drive and the knowledge I will gain. I have been researching the works of UNICEF, UN and plenty other organizations since I was a kid and be more motivated as I learn that that is what I want to do with my life. I am very excited of what is waiting for me in this journey, and so grateful to be accepted to a platform of where I can help, work with amazing people and make an social impact "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Omerdeyim: Student Portal

Omerdeyim: Student Portal is a website to gather a community for sharing lecture notes, tutoring, socializing and studying together. As the pandemic caused students to have weaker connections with their academic life, limited their social relations and diminished their motivation we detected the need for an online social center. Through, anyone who desires to learn can collaborate on enhancing the standards of their learning process. The project aimed to develop the educational standards during the pandemics, as online education is both a challenge and an opportunity for the learning environment. By creating a website that is designed to share notes, educational links, tutor/teacher advice, course feedback etc. and meet to study together and support each other online mentally and motivationally. By the help of Millennium Fellowship, we are planning to extend the scale of the platform and aim to reach more people motivated to study whether they are university students or someone that aims to grow his/her knowledge on the available content hopefully within August-December 2021.

About the Millennium Fellow

Derin Yıldırım is a complassionate, determined, energetic student studying at Koç University. She is from the medeterrian part of Turkey, and at 14 went to boarding school to Istanbul to study in Koç Highschool. By staying at boarding school, living on her on feet alone at 14 with big dreams and goals of helping people for a living, She became motivated to reach all the sources she has to reach her aim. Since she was a kid , she've always been a person that tried to make people happy and help people who in need. Since highschool she worked at resthomes, made campaigns to gather clothes and books for students studying at Eastern Turkey, helped make shelters for animals in the street. Helping others, making social impacts, makes her satisfied and incredibly happy. Raising awareness to communities, making people ce together in the cause of help is her biggest aim in life.

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