Edmonton’s iHuman Youth Society creates workable pathways for youth – many of whom are facing profound challenges – to lead healthy lives.
iHuman’s programming has always focused on the arts, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, performance art, music, drama and fashion. Through creativity, the youths in the program empower themselves to make positive life changes.
iHuman’s staff also work daily (sometimes 24/7) with youth to establish support systems to meet basic needs like safe shelter, food, mental and physical healthcare. At iHuman, they know you can take the kid off the streets, but not the “street” out of the kid. By recognizing and redirecting their natural talents, they can become positive, contributing community members.
After many years of moving from one temporary home to another, iHuman has finally settled into its own home in a renovated 22,000 square foot downtown building, helped in part with financing from SEF.
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