UNICEF USA Child Friendly Cities Initiative
We seek a fellow to assist us with Houston’s application to become a UNICEF USA Child-Friendly Cities Initiative (CFCI). By way of background, UNICEF USA, in its efforts to protect the rights of children, is working to adapt UNICEF’s global Child Friendly Cities Initiative framework to the United States. This pilot initiative will draw on the strengths of existing local efforts across the United States to improve child well-being. It will bring to bear UNICEF USA and UNICEF International’s ability to provide technical expertise, convening power, a globally recognized brand, a diverse network of dedicated volunteers, and a marketing and advocacy campaign to build a non-partisan movement in the U.S. to secure the rights of every child to a safe, healthy and happy childhood.
The Mayor’s Office of Education is working to develop a CFCI local plan of action for children that represents a vision for children and youth within the City of Houston. It will be based on the results of the local situational analysis and integrates the government and community assessment data to determine priorities and strategies for improving the well-being of Houston’s children and young people. The plan will be developed through collaborative and intergenerational planning workshop(s), involving decision makers and representatives of children, youth, and their parents and service providers across the city.