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Recent YCB Activity & Other News

New Early Childhood Blog Now Live!

For years we've wanted to create an online space for early childhood tips. We now have that space with our Early Childhood Blog. Our Early Childhood Director - Deby Ziesmer - shares tips, resources, and her feelings on this page. We hope to update it frequently, so please visit often. Find our Early Childhood Blog HERE

Early Childhood Blog

Child Friendly Cities Initiative Team's Presentation For Health & Safety Committee

The YCB and members of the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) team spoke in front of the Health & Safety Committee on November 9, 2022. We provided an update on our CFCI work and the Local Action Plan. We also asked the committee to vote to send our World Children's Day resolution to the full City Council. A video of our presentation is available (our portion begins at 28:02). 

Voyage Minnesota Shares Story On YCB Outreach Team

We want to thank Voyage Minnesota for sharing a story on Ibrahim Oduniyi of our Outreach Team. They caught up with Ibrahim to ask him about his Hard In The Paint Hoops initiative. We're proud of the impact Ibrahim has made on our city. Please say hi to our Outreach Team if you ever see them in their yellow "Youth Are Here" shirts! Read the full interview HERE

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2022 PARTNERS with Youth Conference on 12/9

The 10th annual Minneapolis PARTNERS with Youth Conference happens on Friday, December 9, 2022 at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. This year's theme is Youth Mental Health: how youth workers can support a young person’s mental health. Please visit our official PARTNERS page to learn more and stay updated as the free event develops. If you have questions, please contact Rachel Oberg-Hauser at 

All youth-serving professionals and volunteers are invited to complete the Power Of Us survey! This is a first of its kind national research project that hopes to deeply understand the youth fields workforce. The data from this project will help us understand the field's needs, inform policy makers, and pave the future of the youth field. If Minneapolis submits enough data, the researchers will also return the data to us so that we can use it. Currently, 40% of all submissions in Minnesota are from St. Paul, so Minneapolis is not being properly represented. Let's step it up, Minneapolis! If you complete the survey, you also have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card (10 winners picked each month). CLICK HERE to start your survey

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Recommendations On Monkeypox For Those With Kids

News about monkeypox is spreading and people are looking towards health experts for guidance. Our friends at the Minneapolis Health Department recently sent us some recommendations for people with kids. These recommendations are current as of August 9, 2022. You can download a PDF of these recommendations below. 

YCB To Attend Open Streets MPLS - East Lake St.

We're going to be at Open Streets MPLS! Come visit us on Saturday 8/13 on a car free East Lake Street. Our focus will be to spread awareness on Child Rights and we'll have information on the Minneapolis Youth Congress (MYC). Applications are being accepted for the 2022-23 cohort of MYC. HERE is the Open Streets MPLS website. HERE is a map of the event with all the vendors. 

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Kare 11 Covers Hard In The Paint Hoops

A big thanks to Kare 11 for shining some light on our Outreach Team! They recently did a story on Hard In The Paint Hoops which combines community outreach, mentorship, and basketball. Please come say hi if you see our Outreach Team in your neighborhood with their yellow shirts on! 

You can find the video report HERE