As long-time supporters of Millennium Campus Network, The Jenzabar Foundation has always firmly believed in MCN’s mission to empower students to become the next generation of global leaders. A national non-profit committed to maximizing the impact of student leaders and groups working towards global development, MCN helps student organizations build partnerships and strengthen their individual capacity through the annual Millennium Campus Conference and the recently-launched Millennium Fellowship program. The Jenzabar Foundation is proud to support and work alongside MCN, and is pleased to recognize the inaugural cohort of Millennium Fellows as this year’s 2014 Student Leadership Award recipients.
The Fellows, undergraduates from various universities and colleges who completed MCN’s Fellowship program this year, were honored with Student Leadership Award grants at Jenzabar’s Annual Meeting on May 28, 2014 for the admirable work of their student organizations in the areas of international development and humanitarian aid initiatives. The Millennium Fellowship program is an 8-month leadership accelerator convening student leaders across universities to improve their student organizations, partnerships, and community impact. During the course of the fellowship, Fellows partner with like-minded, motivated students across universities and engage new students to advance global development; transform community impact through 4 key Organizational Success metrics©; meet working professionals in global development, donors, advisors, and mentors; and transform who you want to be as a leader with individual coaching.
The Jenzabar Foundation’s Student Leadership Award honorees and Millennium Fellows for the academic year of 2013-14 are:
- Chelsea Higgins, Global Medical Brigades at Boston University: With two week-long service trips to Honduras this year, Chelsea and the Global Medical Brigades students are on a mission to provide immediate healthcare to an underserved community and basic health education to the patients and local population. In turn, the group of undergraduates will gain valuable global health development experience, which the Jenzabar Foundation is confident will further the success of the Millennial generation.
- Rachel Sellstone, GlobeMed at Boston College: Partnered with grassroots organization CORD Siruvani in Tamil Nadu, India, GlobeMed at Boston College aims to decrease the bacterial load of the water supply in India and the corresponding water-borne illnesses. During their three weeks in Thennamanallur, Tamil Nadu, Rachel and the BC GlobeMed members will tackle water cleanliness and sanitation intervention practices, as well as construct a latrine and provide education. The Jenzabar Foundation commends GlobeMed at BC for tackling these imperative issues.
- Netia McCray, Mbadika at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Dedicated to global economic development and education, Mbadika is a student start-up founded by Netia at MIT. Their social entrepreneurship venture provides youth and young innovators in sub-Saharan Africa with locally manufactured toolkits to build and sell new products and technologies, and marketable skills to translate into future growth and success, combating the 45% youth unemployment rate in the region and stimulating local economic growth. We are excited to support this innovative cause as Mbadika’s efforts gain momentum.
- Peter Dzaugis, GlobeMed at Northeastern University: Together with partner grassroots organization Kitovu Mobile AIDS Organization in Uganda, Peter and the Northeastern chapter of GlobeMed are developing and implementing a joint sanitation project to improve water quality and sanitation in Masaka, Uganda. This year, the students hope to construct a water source in the Kyanamukaaka sub-county, building two pit latrines and a well, thereby greatly improving the living conditions of the 20,000 community members in the area, a necessity we applaud them for undertaking.
- Felix Ruano, ChangeFire at Harvard University: Seeking to enhance the lives and conditions at Pajarito Azul, an orphanage in Nicaragua which houses children with disabilities, Felix and ChangeFire at Harvard introduced a sustainable farming initiative, providing clean drinking water to the community at large, increasing the region’s agricultural production, and decreasing food costs. Additionally, the organization will provide education, training, assistance, and supervision in managing the farm, ensuring the success of the region and its residents.
We wish these Fellows the best of luck in their visions and plans as these students unite against poverty and effect change.
At The Jenzabar Foundation, we are dedicated to empowering students who are making a positive difference in the world and helping them succeed. The Foundation issues grants to student groups, institutions, and NGOs with similarly aligned missions, promoting and supporting their good works and humanitarian efforts, with the vision of educating and inspiring future generations to create a better world. We give our best wishes to student leaders and their groups as they move forward to become the next generation of global leaders.