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 AMBROSE ONAPA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Makerere University | Kampala, Uganda | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 3
" Becoming a Millennium Fellow will give me the opportunity to rally young people like me especially those that made it to the university come and together to work in hand to promote and advocate for transformation to all societal members no matter their social-economic background. I believe that change through education cannot be a reality without passionate leaders like us who made it to Universities and it's our turn to help ignite the dreams of those that we left behind us who might never make it if don't act now. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: TAL Youth Uganda
TAL (Think About Life) Youth Uganda is an economic empowerment venture in Akokoro, Apac, northern Uganda, co-founded in 2020 by Makerere University students; Onapa Ambrose, Akurut Sylvia, Nalongo Shadia, and Ocaye Opio. TAL buys surplus sweet potatoes and turns them into delicious, nutritious doughnuts while employing young youth, especially women. TAL created a production plant to recruit, train, and employ unemployed women to bake the doughnuts, and youth are employed to sell them at local markets.
On top of the bakery project, TAL Youth Uganda strategies to educate and economically empower young people by training them in various handcraft skills to ensure greater independence and engagement, thereby lifting them to their greatest potential. This includes recruiting five children every year, providing mentorships through the workshop, and providing hand skill training like liquid soap-making, bakery, reusable pads making, which will economically empower them.
About the Millennium Fellow
Ambrose Onapa is a 2nd year student currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications Engineering from Makerere University with a deep passion for self-improvement, leadership, learning, and community-based change initiatives. He is efficient with;
• Strong initiative and highly effective at mobilizing and motivating groups
• Adept at finding creative and strategic solutions to problems, readily actionable
• Team player with a strong track record of inclusivity and collaboration
As a young engineer, he is passionate about being part of the solution and not just benefiting from the actions of others, and being in social change is personally important to him.