What we do

We work with government, youth and the community to make our city more child friendly.


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The Child Friendly City committee:

  • Takes actions to benefit Minneapolis children and youth
  • Works with UNICEF USA
  • Coordinates partners and affiliates



About the committee


Executive Committee members include:

  • City of Minneapolis staff
  • Youth Coordinating Board staff
  • Minneapolis Public Schools staff
  • Community volunteers
  • Other professionals


This committee gathers to:

  • Gather data to take actions that benefit Minneapolis children and youth
  • Work with UNICEF USA to ensure the CFCI process goes smoothly
  • Bring in partners and affiliates to create a plan for the Child Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI) that works in Minneapolis

CFCI affiliates

Read about our current CFCI affiliates:

Apply to be an affiliate

Individuals and organizations can apply to become a CFCI affiliate.


Local action plan

We created a local action plan with data from Minneapolis youth and parents. This plan guided the work of the CFCI team from 2023-24.


The plan has four main priority areas:

  • Child-Sensitive Emergency Management and Preparedness Planning
  • Youth Voice in decision-making spaces
  • Community Safety
  • Child Rights Education and Awareness

Read the plan

CFCI 2.0

Minneapolis became a Child Friendly City in February 2024 after:

  • Completing the local action plan
  • A third-party evaluation

Next update

The Executive Committee will release an updated local action plan in 2025.

Join us

You can request to share your voice by working with the Executive Committee.

Mental health now a priority

  • Youth mental health is a new priority for 2025.
  • Our 2025 Local Action Plan will include mental health along with our previous priority areas.

Send us an email to get involved

What a Child Friendly City Is

See what it means to be part of the UNICEF USA Child Friendly City Initiative (CFCI).

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Contact us

Child Friendly City

Sarah Schiele
Minneapolis Health Department


Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Min Lee

Youth Coordinating Board