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CFCI LAP Launch Event Recap


Child Friendly Cities Initiative Local Action Plan Launch Event

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Mayor Frey & Michael Nyenhuis on February 14, 2023

What was this event? - UNICEF USA officially recognized Minneapolis as a candidate for their Child Friendly Cities Initiative. This means Minneapolis has put in place a Local Action Plan and the foundational pieces required by UNICEF USA. This event celebrated the launch of the Local Action Plan and our commitment to accountability to young people in our city. 

When did everything happen? - February 14, 2023. 

Where? - Minneapolis Public Service Building Room 100 | 505 S 4th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Who was there? - Mayor Frey and UNICEF USA President Michael Nyenhuis headlined the main ceremony, but we'll had many speakers many dedicated to the well being of youth and children including: Rep. Ilhan Omar, Deputy Health Commissioner Heidi Ritchie, Dr. Diana Cutts, alumni of the Minneapolis Youth Congress, MPS Interim Superintendent Rochelle Cox, President of Minnesota Lakes Bank David Krause, Councilmember LaTrisha Vetaw, and more. 

Who was invited? - Everyone who is passionate about the welfare of youth and children were invited! 

Download a copy of our CFCI Local Action Plan

We invited local new outlets to join our celebration. Here is some media coverage you can check out! 

Here is a photo gallery with photos from February 13 & 14, 2023

Here is a recording of our main ceremony where we were officially recognized as a CFCI candidate

Here is a video the Minneapolis Youth Congress recorded for the main ceremony

Recapping Our CFCI Local Action Plan Launch Event

February 14, 2023 will always be remembered as a beautiful day here at the YCB. On that day, we gathered elected officials, UNICEF USA staff from around the country, community partners, youth workers, and the general public for a day full of child rights education, information about the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI), and the launch our Local Action Plan. The main event was at 11:00 a.m where Mayor Frey and UNICEF USA President, Michael Nyenhuis, signed a document officially recognizing Minneapolis as a Child Friendly Cities Initiative candidate which launched the implementation phase of our Local Action Plan. A lot happened on that day and we've done our best to capture parts of it, so that people that couldn't be there can see bits of the day and so we can always come back here to relive it. Thanks to everyone involved for making that day so special! 

Photo of UNICEF USA staff along with CFCI-MPLS executive committee members