Making After-School Cool Podcast

Episode 53: Implementation of the UNICEF Child-Friendly Cities Initiative

April 15, 2021

This week the Making Afterschool Cool podcast focuses on implementing the UNICEF Child-Friendly Cities Initiative. My guest is Laura Cuellar, the Program Manager of UNICEF Child-Friendly Cities Initiative with the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Education.  In this episode, you will learn more about:

  • The purpose of the Child-Friendly Cities Initiative, along with the goals of the project
  • The process for implementing a UNICF Child-Friendly Cities Initiative
  • Which areas in Houston will the project be implemented
  • The role youth play in this initiative
  • How afterschool professional and programs assist with this project



Laura Cuellar, the Program Manager of UNICEF Child-Friendly Cities Initiative. She is with the Mayor's Office of Education in the City of Houston.  

Ms. Cuellar is an advocate for youth with a passion for creating educational opportunities for marginalized communities, including immigrants, low-income families, and first-generation children born in the US. Her desire to help others led her to become a community organizer and coalition builder. Laura has mentored over 400 college students and is experienced at creating partnerships to build community among diverse individuals, groups, and organizations.


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Harris County Department of Education


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