ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021
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.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT YASEMIN SILA ÖZKAYA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Koç University | İstanbul, Turkey | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3
" Being a part of Millennium Fellowship will enhance my vision and abilities to create a social impact. As part of fellows, in line with the SDGs, me and my team mates would be able to create a bigger change in our society, than the previous similar projects. With seminars and feedbacks we would like to apply our skills the best way for our goal. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Sexual And Reproductive Health for All
In Turkey, education for sexual and reproductive health is a mostly neglected issue because of prejudices and a lack of awareness. There is no formal education for sexual and reproductive health in the curriculum of the secondary education of Turkey and most parents do not provide necessary information and resources to their children because of cultural and religious beliefs. Even though most university students have become sexually active, they do not have enough knowledge on sexual and reproductive health and they tend to have risky sexual activities during their college years. Thus, most college students in Turkey have insufficient information and resources for their sexual health and several of them experience some adverse events related to their sexual health.
We planned a three-step intervention project to fill this knowledge gap among our peers to increase safer sexual attitudes and behaviors. Our educational intervention plan consists of three steps (a pre-assessment, an educational program, a post-assessment) focusing on three aspects of sexual and reproductive health such that reproductive anatomy and physiology, contraception, and sexually-transmitted diseases. Our project will be completed at the end of December, 2021.
About the Millennium Fellow
Yasemin Sıla Özkaya is a medical student from Istanbul, Turkey. She was born and lived in Antalya. Ever since she was a child, she looked for practical ways to help people. She was always passionate for that. That is why she chosed to study medicine. While in the university, she looked for ways to create bigger impacts in society. As she involved in clinics more and more, she wanted to look for the missing parts in health needs of women.