Today we would like to present the LCC International University participants of the Millennium Fellowship. This fellowship is a project initiated by United Nations Academic Impact and Millennium Campus Network. According to the Millennium Fellows website, “this year, 25,501 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2021 on 2,209 campuses across 153 nations. 120+ campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows” (Millennium, 2021). We are so proud that LCC is one of them!
Millennium Fellowship is a semester-long program that provides opportunities for students from all around the world to work on various projects that align with sustainable development goals. It helps them improve their leadership skills, and even enhance the social impact that it may have.
There are 9 LCC students from 7 different countries taking part in the Millennium Fellowship. We interviewed some of the participants that represent LCC International University who shared more about the initiation of this program on LCC campus.
Vladyslava shares that she was the one to find about the Millennium Fellowship, yet at first she did not understand what it was. She only knew that there had to be at least 8 people from the same university who would be willing to either do the same project together or do their own projects. This new idea, which was never brought up at LCC, truly excited her. Therefore, she started looking for people who would be interested to begin this project with her or at least who would help her to find students who would join.
Zabihullah Roshan from Afghanistan was the first one to respond. He boosted the search for participants, too. It took around two months for them to find a complete team.
Anna from Latvia comments that one of the reasons she decided to join this program is the multiple benefits. Not only she and other participants would be able to add this fellowship experience to their resumes, but they can also impact their local communities, gain leadership and other skills that they would receive from Fellowship training and mentorship.
Zabihullah also admits that the application process was not easy. Besides the fact that the competition is tough – there were over 25 thousand applicants, and only 2 thousand participants were selected – the application process is quite long. The students had to write essays on the topic of why they want to participate, the projects they would like to complete, and what would be its significance for the campuses and their future career perspectives.
Since they received the fellowship grants, they can implement their projects. In total, 9 LCC students decided to take part in this program. Each project had to align with a required goal from the organizers.
Vladyslava Vertogradska from Ukraine created a project named “Vlada's Talk Show.” In this show, she invites guests to share about opportunities for youth to get inspired to create change.
Anna Audare from Latvia initiates watching documentary films, having discussions, and also providing plant-based snacks. Besides watching the documentary films, Anna together with the Habits club works on organizing DIY sustainable products, such as reusable shopping bags.
Anna’s friend and colleague at the Habits club - Polina Gracheva from Russia, also created a project that focuses on the Climate Action goal. Polina’s project aims to educate students about climate change and how it can impact them personally.
Zabihullah Roshan's (Afghanistan) project is “Diplomacy Model United Nations.” With the help from LCC International University and Klaipėda European Youth Capital, he will be organizing a conference on a related topic.
Another student, Alen Galukyan from Armenia, created a weekly blog (vlog) where he invites individuals who have kept their ancestral traditions, especially those of Armenian heritage. He wishes to lift one’s culture and highlight its acquisition. On the other hand, he would like to shed some light on the customs that were artificially added to the cultures, which does not benefit the cultures
Daria Gracheva’s from Russia project is to gather LCC students who are willing to volunteer at the homeless shelter and provide their help as a resource. The students can be language tutors and offer teaching lessons at the amount that is affordable to the tutees.
Katherine Handal Gabrie from Honduras has created social media pages where she shares information about the “violations and limitations on education around the world.” She interviews students from different countries about their experience of receiving poor education. She wants to use this opportunity to raise awareness about such issues that our students have been experiencing.
Nata Asatiani from Georgia created a project, called “The impact of diplomacy on people,” which focuses on freedom of speech and bullying at schools. Nata emphasizes that “individuals should not be bullied for speaking up about the issues like LGBTQ, gender inequality, sexual harassment, and so on.”
Our last participant Nini Kirtskhaia, who is from Georgia, too, developed a project called “We For Them.” With this project, she seeks to spread awareness about gender inequality in our community. She wishes to share webinars and other seminars where the speakers have valuable experiences to share and encourage the action on the individual's legal rights.
We are so proud of our students who decided to participate in this remarkable Fellowship opportunity. We are glad that their projects highlight issues of their passion and that they work towards educating themselves and other fellows, too. We cannot wait to hear from them about how they managed to complete these projects once they finish them.