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 PERPETUAL FAITH CHERONO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
University of Nairobi Parklands Campus | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 1 & UNAI 1
" I aspire to greatly impact society in my lifetime. I want to own a foundation, to initiate social impact projects world over, and a thousand more things. How to get there is the question, one I am excited to ask Sam Vaghar and all the speakers who've arrived there ahead of me. Mentorship has been the center of most of my projects, for in mentoring I have been mentored. I look forward to an amazing three months of mentorship on how to increase my social impact and to using the skills I’ll gain from the fellowship in my future projects. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Project Pay-It-Forward
Project Pay-It-Forward is all about fighting poverty through education by equipping needy students with basic knowledge on topics that the school syllabus fails to focus on but is necessary for them to be aware of. Such topics include mental health, personal hygiene, lifestyle diseases, STI's and sex education. My goal for this project, between August and November, was to engage with sixth to eighth graders (aged 12 to 15) from 4 local primary schools in Bureti Subcounty, Kericho County, to discuss any challenges they face with regards to the aforementioned topics, to address them and share the feedback with their guidance and counselling department. The purpose of sharing the feedback with their teachers is to improve the communication between them and the students in order for them to meet each student at their point of need outside the classroom, since most of these students are from needy families within the school's surroundings and can barely afford professional psychiatric and psychological services. For our first sessions, we held two-hour long group discussions where we dissected each of the chosen topics. We then had one 2-hour long follow-up session per school where we interacted with individual students and discussed any challenges they faced and addressed them. We also had two 1-hour sessions afterwards to keep track of the progress in the teacher-student relationship and the impact of our sessions on the students' behaviors and academic performance. I look forward to expanding my project to other institutions after Millennium Fellowship.
About the Millennium Fellow
Perpetual Faith Cherono, a global-minded gritty girl, grew up in Kericho County, Kenya. Perpetual has always been passionate in fighting poverty in the society. Having personally experienced how the rights of needy people were disregarded and their pleas for justice unheard, Perpetual aspired to be a voice for the poor in the society. She pursues a law degree in the University of Nairobi to be equipped to advocate for and defend the rights of needy people. She has previously supported the needy through her mentorship programs and aspires to continue fighting poverty through education to attain the UN SDG 1.