Taylor Jaraczewski is a student University of Wisconsin-Madison where he's currently a member of the UW-Madison chapter of Project1808.
Project 1808 focuses on empowering the youth of the Koinadugu district, Sierra Leone. They approach this by creating partnerships and raising awareness of inherent struggles that come with formal education in developing countries. Over the past year two cohorts of students have travelled to Sierra Leone to gain an immersive experience as well as teach a sustainability camp in the Koinadugu district. Their student organization has worked to create the specific curriculum that was used at the sustainability camps and ensured that the students traveling were well informed on what to expect. They have also held campus events, most notably a speaking engagement Ms. Zainab Bangura, the Special REpresentative of the United Nations Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict.
On why he wants to attend MCC2014: "I hope to gain a broader perspective on approaches to complicated global health issues as well as network with the other students and speakers. I feel that to successfully enhance health across the world, it is imperative that every person is united in a global team effort. Networking with other passionate global health workers will not only impact my own work and future but also will allow me to make an impact on their projects. Further, my background in biomedical engineering and systems biology offers a slightly different perspective on global health issues. Finally, my 3 week experience teaching about malaria in the Koinadugu district, 6 month mentorship of two 6th grade girls in the U.S., 4 year leadership experience as a board member of the UW Engineering Expo (a 3 day engineering education event), as well as the past year of curriculum development has given me significant experience in successfully engaging and educating youth."
Taylor, as well as many other student leaders from across the globe, will be joining us this October 10-12th, 2014 at the 6th Annual Millennium Campus Conference. There, they and other students will be exchanging ideas and talking about how to achieve the UN Millennium Goals. in addition, everyone will be able to attend keynote speeches by influential global leaders such as Nicholas Kristof, Dr. Paul Farmer, among others. Apply now!