Testimonials for MCN Programs

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 29 years old; explore his story and the impact of MCN here and stories of more MCN alumni 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 impact sector as they possess the values and skills needed to excel.

Solving the world’s greatest challenges requires developing new leaders in their college years, when they are forming their identities and choosing their life’s path. Millennium Campus Network identifies them, trains them, mentors them and empowers them. Starting on their campuses they mobilize others to build a safe and life-giving world. Having met some of these amazing young leaders, I know I want to be a part of their world.
— Karen Keating Ansara, Co-Founder, New England International Donors

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."

Lauren Monahan (BC '15), Millennium Fellow

I learned practical and philosophical lessons through the Fellowship that greatly enhanced my education and my capabilities as a student leader. But even more importantly, through the MCN I found what truly fulfills me, while gaining valuable skills to actually pursue it. I am pleased to say that I am actively pursuing a career in educational and economic development in the Middle East, as well as continuing my experience with the MCN this summer as a Team Leader at the annual Millennium Campus Conference.

MCC15 inspired me to discover potential in myself that I previously did not even know I was capable of. Meeting other empowered and determined students who have accomplished so much already really sparked a fire in me to find a role on my campus, in my community and in this world to make tomorrow even brighter than it already is today. MCC15 helped me in realizing that my “dream goals” might one day become a reality if partnered with other youths who share similar visions. After MCC15, my eyes have opened to the actual change that is happening all over the world, change that I wish to be apart of! I plan to travel with Students Helping Honduras in the spring to make education a possibility for young boys and girls who live in a community where education is not something so common. I left the conference grateful, humbled, and excited for a future where myself and my peers will all work together in improving a stronger global society. Columbia University can most definitely benefit from all that MCN has to offer, and it would be a serious disappointment to miss out on any of the wonderful future opportunities and events lead by MCN.
— Taylor, MCC15 Delegate
At MCC15, it was incredible to see so many passionate leaders come together to create sustainable change. Students heard a variety of perspectives on global issues, coming together brainstorm and collaborate on a scalable solutions. We can’t wait for Girl Up Campus leaders to participate again next year.
— Julie Willig UN Foundation, Girl Up

The campaign forums, as far as I am concerned, provide me with a unique opportunity to hear from and converse with young leaders doing amazingly interesting and inspiring stuff across the world... I had never thought of the possibility of being able to sit back on my bed and engage in a discussion with people from across the seven seas, so to say.
— Samantak Bhadra, Remote Millennium Fellow, Class of 2016
“The Oceans Prize has enabled me to do so many things- speak at the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit, work with clubs on my campus and beyond, and forge amazing connections between ocean activists and the members of 10 by 2020. By far, one of the most exciting things, is being in communication with Fabien Cousteau, to speak at one of our global forums and share 10 by 2020! The funding has allowed us to do so much- we are launching a Sea the World contest for 10 by 2020 merchandise, and to connect with our followers. We also plan on doing an educational outreach program by adopting and cleaning up a beach for a local community!”
— Emily Nocito
“It has been a pleasure being part of the MCC 15 campaign forums. Each leader shares an exceptional passion and knowledge at each session, making the discussions nothing short of inspiring. Through the forums, I have obtained a greater understanding of global issues I wasn’t very familiar with, and have been able to connect them to the work I do in my community. Needless to say, the commitment the leaders and participants share for each cause motivates me to continue striving for a better world for all!”
— Alejandra Coimenero
The prize money I received from the Remmer Family Foundation has allowed me to enter my first year of university prepared to change the world. So far in my campaign, this money has facilitated educational outreach in local middle and high schools, a coral-transplantation scuba trip with the Coral Restoration Foundation in Key Largo, the beginnings of a micro-financing project in the Philippines through the Darla Moore School of Business, and (just as importantly) food and treats for campaign meetings. Currently, our campaign is in the process of “translating” over 200 scientific research articles from various marine journals into laymen’s terms with the hope of making once-esoteric climate change research accessible to everyone. In the near future, our campaign hopes to work more extensively with NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch program, as well as the Coral Cay Conservancy, to more directly help mitigate the impacts of the 2015 bleaching event, which is the largest world-wide coral bleaching event ever seen. While we still have more progress to make, the Remmer Family Foundation’s generous donation has greatly assisted us in our first steps toward building a better ocean.
— Casey Brayton
Emily Nocito

Emily Nocito

Alejandra Coimenero

Alejandra Coimenero

Casey Brayton

Casey Brayton