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 TAPIWA HILDA MAONI, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of Malawi College of Medicine | Blantyre, Malawi | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 1

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" More than anything, I want to be an asset to my country and generation. I am excited to be a Millennium Fellow because I believe it is a wonderful opportunity for growth that will help propel me one step closer to being a better version of myself, and by extension someone who can give back the best parts of themselves to their community and the world. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Unboxed Mental Health Awareness

Mental health is crucial among young people, although it is commonly neglected. This negligence calls for an intervention of which we have come up with this project. It is meant to address mental health illiteracy and provide mental health support to university students in Malawi. Although face-to-face support groups have been shown to have a great impact in providing mental health support, they may not be convenient or suitable for a couple of people as most mental health problems are attached to stigma and privacy. Therefore, we plan to build an application that will serve as a support group. It will have anonymous chat groups that can help and educate students about mental health. On top of that, therewill be a hotline to a psychiatrist in case anyone would need expert help. For further awareness, a Facebook page will be created where different topics on mental health will be posted; where possible, creativity will be included to make the content more appealing and easy to engage with. The other part of this project is to help students advance in their education and careers. In interacting with them, we would like to challenge them to be more and aspire to have a global impact. This will be done by presenting school/scholarship/internship/fellowship opportunities to them; helping them to apply for such by reviewing their essays and providing interview tips and so on. With this, the project is addressing SDG 3 and 4.

About the Millennium Fellow

Tapiwa Maoni is a medical student with a passion for women's empowerment and education. Having grown up around strong female role models who encouraged her to pursue her dreams, Tapiwa quickly became involved with the United Nations GirlUp campaign after high school. Taking part in several media campaigns, starting community projects and becoming a published author along the way, has helped her understand the importance of giving women platforms where their voices can be heard and they can share their stories. Over her third year of university, the African Union's 2063 Academy program mentored her and currently, she is an ambassador for the world literacy foundation. These experiences have been wonderful opportunities for growth; she hopes to use the skills and knowledge gained to aid in pursuing gender equality and education in her community through empowerment projects.