Since MCN's inception in a university dorm room about a decage ago, over 5,500 undergraduates from 300 universities worldwide have participated in one or more MCN programs. MCN alumni have gone on to work at the United Nations, USAID, and launched their own social enterprises.
Our most recent alumni survey revealed that 83% of MCN alumni are working in social impact careers, with over 6/10 sharing that MCN programming definitively prepared them for success in their work. One example is Toby Norman; he was recently named a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year at 28 years old; explore his story and the impact of MCN here.
As the network grows, our goal is to track alumni over time - 6 months, two years, five years post-graduation - and continue to prove that success in social impact careers can be tied to success in MCN programs. In the immediate term, we track growth of the organizations our Millennium Fellows lead on campuses across 6 Key Performance Indicators. In Year Three of the Fellowship, organizations went on average from 1.69/10 ("start ups") to 7.41/10 ("functional") - meaning clearer goals, stronger teams, and deeper impact on campus and with community. Our student leaders are better prepared for careers in the social sector with the values and skills needed to excel.
Below is a snapshot of what some recent Millennium Fellows and Delegates learned through MCN programs.
Kayla O'Neill, 2015 MCN Marketing Associate Intern
Working at MCN gave me helpful event execution experience and an opportunity to build my design portfolio. I had the chance to sit in on the sessions with MCN Fellows and I benefited from learning about how their student organizations are run and what challenges they were facing. My time at MCN also showed me the importance of networking and making time for face-to-face meetings with the people you’d like to learn from.
Gabriel Conners, MCC14 Alum
After attending the MCC at Lynn University with Illinois Tech's Engineers Without Borders cohort, I brought back methods to aid in translating ideas into action, dedicated more time toward social justice causes, and had a vision for a student organization that I later launched in spring of 2016 called the ideaXchange. The org is designed to bring students together in collaboration to solve shared challenges. What I valued most about MCN was the community of like-minded individuals. There is an undeniably infectious spirit that I discovered and carried with me after by brief weekend stay during the Millennium Campus Conference. Without realizing it at the time, this experience served as a catalyst and woke me up to the possibilities present when groups of people are gathered around issues of common concern. Such possibility is the conditions for our collective epic to thrive. This is what my work is all about."