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 ARIEL ZHAO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
New York University | New York, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3
" I’m passionate about spreading positivity and helping people. How can I direct people with bad childhood experience to the right path? How can I help people with disabilities lift up their courage and confidence? These are thoughts that’ve been going through my mind. I know that there are people who are neglected by society for so long, and my purpose is to make sure more people are being heard and find a way to help them achieve better mental health. I hope to meet other individuals through the Millennium Fellowship and see the different perspectives of the world. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Adolescent Mental Health Initiative
We are ENGAGE: Youth Health at NYU, an adolescent mental health initiative sponsored under the Millennium Fellowship Program, supervised by United Nations Academic Impact. ENGAGE is a community-based project with the aim of spreading awareness about adolescent mental health conditions, spearheading a global movement to overcome global mental health barriers one step at a time. As part of our name, our mission at ENGAGE is to interact with schools like yours, reaching out to our targeted audience— teenagers between 10 to 19 years old. Through this, we hope to holistically improve teen mental health; addressing their psychological concerns, resolving relationship conflicts, relieving academic stress, etc. Our work centers around providing an education in mental health to teenage students, teaching them how to spot the warning signs that spark unhealthy psychological states in themselves and their peers. We aim to provide teenagers with a safe and comfortable environment to express themselves while simultaneously learning about mental health.
About the Millennium Fellow
Ariel Zhao is an exuberant and empathetic student at New York University pursuing a B.S. in Social Work. Her perspective of being successful is not about having endless money. It’s about being able to spread positivity in society. She strongly believes the youth are our future and that they are the ones who will drive change. In the past, she supported and helped organize all kinds of fundraising events to raise awareness and funds to help fight childhood cancer.