STRONG AT THE CORE. STRONGER IN THE COMMUNITY.
The authentic culture at the iHuman Youth Society is one of acceptance, openness and a genuine willingness to support youth. The focus is to offer youth opportunities to meet with iHuman professional staff and other social agency personnel as required, to engage in harm reduction activities, and participate in arts-related activities that foster positive self-worth and encourage reintegration into the community.
iHuman staff work daily (sometimes 24/7) with youth to establish a support system that covers their basic needs including safe shelter, food, mental and physical health care. Our outreach workers develop a trust relationship and bond with youth to deliver personal and individualized service to address needs. Collaboration and connection with a variety of social service agencies is key focus.


Outreach

This program provides (sometimes 24/7) service and outreach support to youth. Our youth are often disenfranchised from other services because of the high-risk nature of their lifestyles and needs. Our outreach workers develop a trust relationship and bond with youth to deliver personal and individualized service to address needs. Collaboration and connection with a variety of social service agencies is key.


CRISIS INTERVENTION

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The outreach team’s time is mainly spent helping youth access primary care in terms of medical and dental, housing, food, and other basic needs. From intake to addiction treatment, the team provides youth with experienced support and connections to various social services, advocacy and wellness including medical and dental care.


ADDICTIONS

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The outreach team’s time is mainly spent helping youth access primary care in terms of medical and dental, housing, food, and other basic needs. From intake to addiction treatment, the team provides youth with experienced support and connections to various social services, advocacy and wellness including medical and dental care.


LINKS CLINIC

This mental health intervention and health promotion program has committed funding from Justice Canada. The program operates with two psychologists/ counsellors who will mentor Masters/PhD students in mental health intervention, and health promotion and support to youth. A key aim is to reduce the stigma that may prevent youth from seeking appropriate support. Youth mentors will also facilitate support. Learning assessments will be offered on a limited basis through partner support. Art therapy Masters students may also provide art support.


Through creativity, youth empower themselves to make positive changes towards healthy life choices.


Art

Our arts programming involves various art mediums such as sculpting, painting, drawing, print making and performance art. Though creativity, youth develop their artistic and creative talents and skills and empower themselves to make positive changes toward healthy life choices. Our youth exhibit their art pieces in various venues facilitated by our art programming staff.


Music

Our music programming encourages the youth to write, compose and perform their songs, raps or beats. Often the music speaks to their experiences on the street or in life. CD production is possible if a youth wishes to record their music for sale. Music video production has recently been added to the opportunities for youth expression through music. Outside performances done by the youth showcase musical talent to the Edmonton community.


Textiles

In our textiles program youth draw, design and sew their fashion pieces or dance regalia. Activities include a monthly photo-shoot and styling session with many layers of youth participation including make-up, hair, styling and modelling under the guidance of professional photography. In the past youth have participated in Edmonton’s Fashion Week including, modelling and youth recognition in the emerging designer category. iHuman’s fashion accessory line is for sale to the general public.


In providing youth with support we can change the trajectory of their life – so they can have healthy family relationships and can parent their children and the next generation. One of the best parts of my job is being able to tell youth that I’m proud of them.

iHuman Executive Director Catherine Broomfield


Woven Journey

This program aims to help young moms develop their parenting skills, deepen or form attachments to their children, and develop life skills and education goals. Educational and support services are facilitated by staff and include outings and community activities for moms. Childcare is provided during evening training hours.


Friday Night Challenge

This initiative uses the harm reduction model. Loosely based on a 12-step model, this initiative has youth facilitating a weekly meeting to support their peers in their goals to remain clean and sober. Activities and outings are a key feature in showing youth that there are other ways to have fun.


Knowledge is Pow wow

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The outreach team’s time is mainly spent helping youth access primary care in terms of medical and dental, housing, food, and other basic needs. From intake to addiction treatment, the team provides youth with experienced support and connections to various social services, advocacy and wellness including medical and dental care.


Uncensored

This initiative is driven by a desire by youth to give back to the broader community. Offered in partnership with the University of Alberta and Children’s Services, youth use drama, theatre and performance art to develop curriculum workshops and training sessions for service providers. The goal is to educate service providers on how to engage positively with the high- risk youth population.