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.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT AYA CATHERINA ELIAS, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Lebanese American University | Byblos, Lebanon | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 6

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" Pain is what keeps me going in this life. Without pain, I would have never learned the value of happiness. I am very excited to share my experience with everyone and encounter a change in my society. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Dum Spiro Spero

Dum Spiro Spero is an ongoing project founded by me, Aya Catherina Elias, a second-year psychology student at the Lebanese American University in Byblos, Lebanon. The ongoing goal is to develop it into an NGO in Lebanon. In a hopeless world, this project focused on SDG 3: Good Health & Wellbeing as well as Principle #6 Human Rights. Dum Spiro Spero, or “While I breathe, I hope,” because in Lebanon, after all the social, economic, and political turmoil, you cannot survive without hope and faith.
My ultimate dream has always been to become a psychologist and make a change in my community. However, I have realized, because of all the training that I have gained from the fellowship, that I can make a change as a Fellow too. By raising awareness on my social media accounts, I was able to equip my followers with the necessary skills and advice to handle emotional instability and distress. I included several leadership development skills in order to inspire them to take life into their own hands. On a daily basis, social media interaction was reaching a minimum of 200 people in my community. They were able to break through restrictions imposed on them by society’s stigmas and able to feel more comfortable to be themselves in public and voice their concerns.

About the Millennium Fellow

Aya Catherina Elias is a potentially driven individual that aims to make a change in Lebanese society. She was raised in an unhealthy environment which made her acknowledge the importance of mental well-being as well as the value of quality of life. Thus, she chose to study psychology at the Lebanese American University (Byblos Campus). She aims to help her country's youth go through the challenges of life less severely.