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 MARGARET ALEXANDRA CASTAÑEDA LEE, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

University of California Davis | California, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 1

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" I'm excited to be a Millennium Fellow as I want to use my skills of empathetic leadership to truly make a difference in SDG 3 in particular which is good health and well being. I'm passionate about pushing for this in particular because I'm my childhood, I have experienced what it was like to go through anxiety without any resources and also have an older brother with autism. I want to be able to make things like mental help & education accessible to anyone and wish to create change with the help of the fellows at my university. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: My State of Mind Project

My State of Mind is a worldwide youth run organization branch that originated from the Philippine based non-profit, Talang Dalisay. My State of Mind was inspired by the idea to spread mental health advocacy to new borders outside the Philippines, starting with the United States. With over 12 participating countries, we are a community aiming to fight current mental health stigmas around the world, as well as spreading mental health issues in our ever evolving society. We believe in breaking boundaries that inhibit people from shining and growing to their fullest potential. Our current project is focusing on mental health amongst high school and college students during the pandemic, providing networking and free events for students and fundraising opportunities to assist well-being, housing stability, and access to healthcare.

Our project has consisted of two parts: an online conference event and our care packages. We have our mental health advocacy conference, titled Mind Over Matter, on November 13, 2021 from 11 AM to 3:30 PM. We have invited youth global activist speakers from around the world, mental health professionals, and representatives of various UC Davis organizations to speak on behalf of our themes. Our multiple themes we will be focusing on include Educating on Mental Illness and How to Be an Ally, Defining and Accessing Therapy, and Caring for Your Mental Health and Well-Being. We have also published a questionnaire on campus for Davis students to fill out in order to gain feedback on the care package materials, which would be distributed for those facing housing insecurity, a lack of basic needs and mental health resources, and COVID care. We are currently fundraising with local businesses and companies for those care package materials, whilst having the conference as our main project of the quarter.

About the Millennium Fellow

Margaret most commonly known as Macy is a Filipina speaker, writer & activist focusing on mental health & wellness, social justice & inclusive education. Currently, she is a third year majoring in Psychology & International Relations at UC Davis. She is the founder of Philippine & global based non profits Talang Dalisay & My State of Mind which focuses on mental health for & by the youth with a vision of tackling the grassroots in the Philippines, to the world.