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Case for Support

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“ They're really on the leading-edge of understanding the problems that kids face and reaching out to them – in an environment and in a way that allows the younger generation to see and to look at them with trust and comfort. So hopefully that will allow the kids to be successful.” Edmonton Mayor Stephen Mandel


when all is lost – creativity & care come to the rescue iHuman's brand promise “be a hero to your creativity” offers an empowering call to action to traumatized youth who have seemingly lost everything. Living rough on the streets, they struggle to survive dysfunctional – often cruelly abusive families. They are ignored or abandoned by those entrusted with their care and they live in a dangerous world where violence against them is an everyday fact of life, where health care, education and opportunity are distant dreams, not accessible ‘social services’. These youth have lived and experienced the raw and ugly outcomes made from the imperfections in our social fabric. Falling prey to violence, pimps, drug dealers and crime – hope for a stable and happy life has been taken away from them. Yet there is one thing you cannot take way from youth – their creativity, a tool that can empower disenfranchised youth with belief in themselves and the ability to contribute back to the community. This is one of many reasons iHuman never gives up on anyone. We never turn a youth down knowing that creativity combined with authentic care can lead to so many positive things.

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Printing of this booklet donated by: REALTORS® Community Foundation


iHuman Youth Society

is a non-profit organization that engages Edmonton's traumatized youth who exhibit high-risk lifestyles – to foster positive personal development and social change. Founded in 1997, we develop and implement arts-based programming that functions as a positive engagement tool. We seek to re-integrate youth into the community by developing skills, self-esteem and a sense of worth and ability through mentorship, crisis intervention and targeted programming. iHuman serves 500 youth in Edmonton aged 12-24 years. Aboriginal youth make up a significant portion of our clients, but we serve youth from every demographic and socio-economic group.

Our Youth Many of our youth deal with multiple issues that make their lives challenging. Poverty, homelessness, addictions, mental health issues, gang affiliation and familial neglect or abuse means our youth are often known to the criminal justice or child welfare systems. Too often these young people feel no sense of self-worth or that they have nothing to hope for. Yet at iHuman we discover highly talented individuals demonstrating amazing characteristics like creativity, loyalty, ingenuity, perseverance, leadership and ambition. This is the starting point from which we encourage and develop their talents, confidence, self-worth and ultimately their potential to become positive contributing members of the community. Our youth stay in our programs for an average of three years. In that time, they are introduced to arts-based activities that help them heal and discover their own identity, and they are given constant support and guidance while they transition into independent living and healthy life choices.

iHuman has helped hundreds of youth that have beaten the odds, broken the cycle and become healthy members of our community.

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Authenticity

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About iHuman Why we are passionate about what we do.

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New Home A home for youth. A place for art.

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Creativity: A Path to the Positive. Youth success – redefines creativity. The strength in partnership. Our vision for the future of Edmonton and the arts.

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revitalize life About iHuman

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Building Trust: the Core of iHuman’s Brand iHuman’s Trust Compass Outreach Crisis Intervention Programming Arts Mentorship Programming Life Skills Development Programming

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iHuman Trust Compass: Adaptive for Youth The multiple challenges faced by high-risk youth

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Positive Outcomes from iHuman’s Trust Compass – Path to a Positive Future Positive Outcomes from iHuman’s Trust Compass – Benefits to Society Positive Outcomes from iHuman’s Trust Compass – Seven Circles of Success

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The Results of Building Trust – Jamie Courtorielle: Riding 4 Mentors

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BUILDING TRUST: the CORE of iHUMAN’s BRAND Life Skills Development

Authenticity

You can take the kid out of the street but not the “street” out of the kid. iHuman youth are highly talented individuals demonstrating amazing characteristics such as creativity, loyalty, perseverance, protector instincts, ingenuity, leadership and ambition.

Engagement

Natural talents redirected = positive contributing community members.

Art Mentorship

Creativity

Our Arts programming involves various art mediums such as sculpting, painting, drawing, print-making performance art, music, drama and fashion. Through creativity, youth develop their artistic and creative talents and skills and empower themselves to make positive changes towards healthy life choices. Youth exhibit their creativity in various venues facilitated by our programming staff.

Outreach Crisis Intervention

Caring

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.

iHuman is all about creating workable pathways for Edmonton youth to live healthy lives. Through these pathways, iHuman staff work with youth to establish a support system and build trust relationships.

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iHuman’s Trust Compass allows youth to regain their bearing in life through “adaptive engagement” with a balanced program of services.

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Outreach Crisis Intervention Programming

Caring

iHuman never gives up on anyone. We never turn a youth down.

Outreach: Primary Support and Harm Reduction

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.

LiNKS (proposed 2012-13)

This proposed mental health intervention and health promotion program is proposed based on grant funding pending from Justice Canada. The program will operate with two psychologists/ counsellors who will mentor Masters/PhD students in mental health intervention, and health promotion and support to youth. A key aim will be 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.

Arts Mentorship Programming

Creativity

Arts Studio Program

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 Studio Program/Hip Hop CD Production

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.

Fashion Studio Program

In fashion youth draw, design and sew their fashion pieces or dance regalia. A key community engagement event is participation in Edmonton's Fashion Week where youth are designers and models. Currently an iHuman fashion accessory line is being created for sale to the general public.

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When we are engaged in the creative process challenging emotions such as anger, fear, and sorrow are put into a more realistic and balanced perspective. Trauma becomes transformed into a healing energy that allows us to move forward with life.

Future programs proposed 2013-2014.


Authenticity

Natural talents redirected = positive contributing community members.

about iHuman

Life Skills Development Programming

Woven Journey (young moms program)

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.

Young Education Long-term Leaders (YELL) Girls Group

This pilot program funded by the Safe Communities Innovation Fund (SCIF) takes a preventative approach in targeting young girls (aged 12-14) through education and mentorship.

Friday Night Challenge Program

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.

Healthy Heart Healthy Start Group

This pilot program funded by EPCOR focuses on how youth can have healthy relationships with themselves and others. The curriculum is entirely youth initiated and delivered, and is an excellent example of the mentorship capacity and interest that youth have in giving back to their peers.

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.

Educational Outreach

iHuman staff and senior youth participate in speaking opportunities about iHuman and their lived experiences. This develops presentation and speaking skills, as well as confidence.

Youth Entrepreneurial Program

In the past, art pieces and CDs produced by youth have been sold through iHuman where youth receive 90 per cent of the sale. As they desire greater opportunities to sell their works, iHuman is currently exploring additional avenues.

Community Service Hours and Restorative Justice Program

Youth required to perform community service hours can complete these hours at our studio through the production of art and music, or other activities. We encourage them to create works that are reflective of the circumstances that led to their community service requirement.

iLEAD: A Circle of Mentorship (proposed 2013-14)

This program is designed to build capacity in rural and northern communities through the development of satellite iHuman locations. Professional development of local youth leaders to facilitate this programming is based on the iHuman model with the aim to create sustainable arts-based programming in rural communities in need.

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Caring

Continued development of our youth in their journey to re-empowerment and responsibility to themselves and the community.

Outreach Crisis Intervention

iHuman Youth Facts The Growing Need: Edmonton’s Aboriginal population is predicted to double in 15 years. The highest area of growth will be the under 25 demographic.

85% to 95% of iHuman youth are Aboriginal

12-24 aged youth accessing the iHuman program

500+ youth are taken care of in our program

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Wallis Kendal co-founder of iHuman

iHuman Trust Compass: Adaptive for Youth The multiple challenges faced by high-risk youth

about iHuman

“Things are constantly evolving.”

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Multiple Challenges & Trauma

Even though “the ideal” would be a linear process of developing trust and guidance for traumatized youth – it is not. The multiple challenges faced by youth such as poverty, homelessness, addictions, mental health issues, gang affiliations, abuse and violence requires iHuman to be adaptive. The “iHuman Trust Compass” engages Edmonton's youth in arts and life-skill activities that lead to positive personal and social change. This trust compass is unique in the way that it enables youth to regain their bearing in life through adaptive engagement with a balanced program of services:

Caring Outreach Crisis Intervention Creativity Art Mentorship Authenticity Life Skills Development

We utilize an innovative* harm reduction philosophy and the healing empowerment of the arts. The new iHuman building for youth capital campaign, an expanded team and continued partnerships will help stabilize the process by providing capacity and added resources and efficacy. *Recognized by Duncan and Craig and awarded their highest honour: the Gold Laurel Award for Innovation and Creativity in the Non Profit Sector iHuman Youth Society and 2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Awards – True Imagination Award to iHuman Youth Society.

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privilege to work with the youth iHuman encounters. Their laughter, their tears, “ Ittheiris aincredible resilience... everything they touch resonates with their own unique imprint. They strive to overcome their obstacles, to jump over their own shadows, creating art, music, dance – discovering themselves! They are survivors.

Wallis Kendal co-founder iHuman

Positive Outcomes from

iHuman’s Trust Compass path to a positive future

Outreach: Trust Relationships

Dysfunctional Famliy: Insecurity and Neglect

Descent into Despair

500+ iHuman Youth

Gangs /Life on the Streets

Drugs / Addiction

3,000+ High Risk Kids in Edmonton

Mental Health Challenges

30+ % Edmonton Citizens Impacted by Crime

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Pathway to a Positive Future Career Development Opportunity

Mentorship: Positive Lifestyle Modeling

Arts Programs: Creative Training & Life Skills

Immediate Support: Connection to a Hub of Community Services

The positive outcomes iHuman works toward are:

iHuman’s Trust Compass

Confidence and self-esteem.

Enhanced and informed decision-making skills.

Identifying personal strengths and creating a future plan.

Developing a support network.

Basic training in nutrition, cooking on a budget, health and child care.

The creation of personal inventories and strategies that will assist with unexpected problems and/or bad days.

Stability and practical skills that will encourage healthy life choices and re-integration into the community.

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Positive Outcomes from

iHuman’s Trust Compass benefits to society

Costs to Society

Solution

Incarceration Costs $110,000 - $200,000 per year

Lost GDP $1.6 million per individual (Lifetime)

iHuman Social Payback $5–6 million per individual we are successful at saving (Lifetime)

iHuman’s Trust Compass Crime in Edmonton, 2010 (former Police Chief Boyd)

Not intervening perpetuates the cycle of crime, generation after generation

Costs Compared: iHUMAN SAVES Each day a youth is secured in our judicial system it cost taxpayers an estimated $1,400–$1,600. Compare this to the cost of just $75 a day to keep youth off the streets and out of trouble. During an entire month iHuman saves the government $45,750 for each youth helped..

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Cost to help iHuman youth $ 75 a day $ 2,250 month


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Benefits to Society Saved Incarceration Costs (per year):

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$1,782,000*

Saved GDP (Lifetime):

$25,920,000*

iHuman Social Payback (Lifetime):

$81,000,000*

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.

Number of mom & children helped 18 families supported. *Based on 90% recidivism rate.

Saved Incarceration Costs (per year):

$2,750,000**

Number of youth engaged 25+ participate weekly.

$40,000,000**

Saved GDP (Lifetime):

iHuman Social Payback (Lifetime):

$62,000,000**

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. **Based on 50% recidivism rate.

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youth with support we can change the trajectory of their “Inlifeproviding – 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.

Catherine Broomfield, Executive Director iHuman

Positive Outcomes from

iHuman’s Trust Compass seven circles of success

Our alumni mentor youth give talks and workshops on drug awareness, suicide prevention, leadership and how to use the arts to make positive life changes. They have given keynote presentations at schools, clubs and events, and worked with numerous other youth, community leaders and elders in Edmonton and across Canada.

Youth Success

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Partnerships with Universities & Higher Learning

iHuman is partnered with university-based researchers, strategically positioned community-based workers and youth at risk in a collaborative research project called High Risk Youth Uncensored. Project partners include the University of Alberta, CS High Risk Unit, Criminal Defense Office and The City of Edmonton.

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Social Payback Awards Keeping one high risk youth off the streets in Edmonton saves the government $146,000 or more per year. iHuman’s Social Payback $5-6 million per individual (over a lifetime) we are successful at saving.

iHuman enjoys a strong working relationship with over 35 community and corporate partners as well as over 125 committed volunteers.

about iHuman

iHuman, it’s founders, staff and youth have been honoured with numerous awards – locally, nationally and internationally in recogniton for the commitent and innovation in helping youth through outreach crisis intervention, arts-based programming and life skill development.

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Community Partnerships & Volunteers New Global Standard for Creativity & Art iHuman is helping Edmonton become a global leader in harnessing the power of creativity to create dynamic and healthy communities.The future of iHuman is about sharing our successful program model and inspiring our alumni youth to become leaders in our community.

New Facility Securing a permanent home will allow us to deliver our essential services with more continuity and stability for our clientele, and establish expanded capacity to serve Edmonton’s predicted growing population of traumatized youth who exhibit high-risk lifestyles.

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Results of Building Trust: Graduates of the iHuman Program Our staff and graduate youth give talks and workshops on drug awareness, suicide prevention, leadership and how to use the arts to make positive life changes. They have given keynote presentations at schools, clubs and events and worked with numerous other youth, community leaders and elders in Edmonton and across Canada. These talks and workshops not only help warn and divert at-risk youth from following a destructive path, they also are a part of the continued development of our youth in their journey to re-integration and responsibility to themselves and the community.

Jamie Courtorielle Jamie Courtorielle, a 26-year-old Aboriginal has lived a crazy life, spending nearly 10 years addicted and living on the streets. During that time, he was caught for many crimes, starting with small theft and drug-related crimes, escalating to a home invasion and a high-speed chase, which landed him in jail. Just over three years ago, he was living that street life trapped in a vicious cycle, which had him heading down a path of destruction. Sick and tired of spinning his wheels, he decided it was time to make life-altering choices. He has been in recovery for three years and has: – Completed treatment. – Finished the Quest for Success program. – Graduated from Concordia University’s UCEP program

with honours. – Has been Concordia’s graduate and welcoming speaker.

As a former iHuman Youth Society client, he is now a senior ambassador, focusing on helping others and speaking about the iHuman program. He is committed to sharing his learning on his challenging life experiences and the journey to recovery. He has been an invited guest speaker at Grant Mac Ewan, Pheonix Academy, Thomas Moore Academy, Bosco Homes, Concordia College and most recently at Edmonton City Hall on behalf of the iHumanYouth Society. Jamie has successfully completed a bike ride across Canada: Riding 4 Mentors & Cycling 4 Change. During his trek he shared his motivational talks with 1,000’s of people. He passionately believes it is important to show others who are caught up in addiction and street-life that despite the circumstances, there is a way to a life where goals and dreams can come true by living a healthy lifestyle within recovery. His energy and positive spirit is contagious, inspirational and he brings a wonderful message of hope for all.

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The Challenge: Moving Around

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Solution: A Permanent Home

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All In! Edmonton iHuman’s Extreme Makeover 2013

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Funding Strategy Capital Campaign:$10.5 Million Ongoing Operational Funding

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Renovation Plans

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Creativity is the spark of life; it identities us all as vital human beings. Youth facing tremendous challenges have to be creative to survive. iHuman respectfully redirects their creative energies into positive pathways. iHuman eliminates boundaries, making the impossible, possible.

Sandra Bromley co-founder iHuman

The Challenge: Moving Around Over the last ten years, iHuman has been bounced around through a series of loaned and rented premises, once being homeless for four months. We have been at the mercy of Edmonton’s very active real estate development market. Consistency is a priority when working with youth that have trust and abandonment issues; each move challenges our ability to provide dependable and consistent programs and services. Every time we move we lose many of our youth who can’t or won’t move with us.

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Solution: A Permanent Home As part of our ongoing strategic and operational planning, iHuman identified that securing a permanent home will allow us to both deliver our essential services with more continuity and stability for our clientele, as well establishing expanded capacity to serve Edmonton’s predicted growing high risk youth population in the future. "A Home for Youth, A Place for Art" permanent facility project will allow for multi-arts programming, offices and interview space for our outreach staff and a much needed supportive housing component for youth. We also wish to incorporate additional space for community partners to encourage deeper collaboration between iHuman and other youth serving agencies. iHuman has been able to take a major first step toward making our dream for a permanent home a reality. In May, 2012 we made a down payment to purchase a derelict warehouse on 102A Street. With 22,000 sq ft over two floors, it offers ample space for current and projected programming needs.

• Studio space for visual art forms, music, theatre, drama, fashion, culinary arts and other art forms. • Education and tutor/study space. • Community circle space. • Flex areas for fitness and wellness activities that fit with the arts, such as dance and performance • A kitchen for nutritional programming, culinary arts and to provide nutritious meals for the youth and/or their children during program hours. • Clinic space where professionals can deliver counseling; sexual health, general health, and dental health programs, as well as legal counseling and support. • Retail and exhibit space where iHuman youth can develop business and customer service skills through the sale of their creations. This area would also be used to exhibit iHuman art shows or launch public art exhibits with community partners. • A small 'artist in residence' studio space where artists can share their expertise and passion. • A community garden. • A housing component to address current gaps in the marketplace for sheltering high-risk youth and their children. • Equipment, such as silkscreen presses, kitchen facilities, commercial grade computers and printers, a passenger/cargo van, furnishings for the housing component.

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The diversity of our programming requires specialized renovations that will include:

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The facility will also be configured to generate revenue by renting space to other agencies and for-profit entities such as art galleries.

ALL IN! EDMONTON iHuman’s Extreme Makeover: 2013

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ALL IN! EDMONTON iHuman’s Extreme Makeover: 2013

Imagine this.. more than 500 volunteers pulled out their toolboxes, rolled up their sleeves, and got dirty for two weeks to give iHuman an extreme makeover – they gave 500 traumatized youth a home. By doing this they also kickstarted the revitalization of Edmonton’s inner city in a big way! Why All In! Edmonton is needed.

– Two week extreme makeover will give 500+ high-risk youth a home. 22,000 square foot studio and housing renovation project under the spotlight of national attention with passionate local interest. – Nationally televised documentary – be a part of it! – Small, medium and larger businesses working together with a 500+ people to bring positive change and kick start inner-city revitalization. – Brings together groups of leaders with a common purpose and a solid plan. – Dedicated people and teamwork can do something radical for positive change.

– iHuman has been moving around for years – the stability of a permanent home in Edmonton’s inner city will allow us to help more traumatized youth. – Home for 500+ youth and a place where creativity becomes a path that can lead to so many positive things. – Every kids deserves a chance – revitalizes youth potential. iHuman saves taxpayers millions of dollars per year. – Strengthens our outreach program – an effective capacity builder which builds trust and connects troubled youth to existing services, including addiction treatment, safe housing and medical support.

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Capital Campaign: $10.5 Million

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In-kind Donation Services

In-kind Donation Supplies

Leveraging Resources

Skilled Labour

Building Supplies

– City of Edmonton – Provincial Government – Federal Government

In-kind Donations $4M – Corporate – Foundation – Private We welcome partnerships, naming rights and prominent recognition available.

Building Purchase & Trust Fund Allocation.

Funding Strategy

All In Edmonton: Our Vision


Revitalize the inner city

Securing a permanent home (our 22,000 square foot studio renovation) will allow us to deliver our essential services with more continuity and stability for our clientele – leading to a stronger inner city, committed community engagement and a safer, caring productive society.

Revitalize the power of creativity

Promotes Edmonton as a global leader in harnessing the power of creativity to create dynamic and healthy communities. The social payback and value of our shared brand will inspire the world to follow Edmonton as the leader in redefining the power of the arts.

new home

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iHuman works with traumatized youth who live rough on the streets and have seemingly lost everything. We use creativity and authentic care as a tool that can empower disenfranchised youth with belief in themselves and the ability to contribute back to the community.

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Ongoing Operational Funding Existing Support, Fundraising Efforts and Resources Per year

$750K

– New Partnerships. – New business development resources. – New full-time grant writer will result in more awarded grants.

Existing Operational Budget Audited 2012 expenses $606,000 Projected Operational Budget (new renovated 22,000 sq ft facility) projected in 2013/14 $ 880,000

Social Entrepreneurship Program. Per year

$150K Technology Driven. Effectively leverage technology to lower costs in distributing information, delivering services and generating large individual donor support. Earned Income. This organizational focus is based on growing an income earning strategy to augment traditional funding based on a strategic partnership model.

Earned Income Fundraising Model Optimizing the impact of fundraising efforts for ongoing operational funding needs. $150–$250 per year.

iHuman will help Edmonton become a leader in harnessing the power of creativity to create dynamic and healthy communities.

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new home 2 IT TAKES MORE THAN A FAMILY TO RAISE A CHILD – IT TAKES A COMMUNITY AS WELL.

LEVERAGING RESOURCES Government, Corporate, Foundation , Private • The Anne and Eldon Foote Familiy Foundation of ECF has donated $1 Million dollars towards operating and building support.* • $1.75 Million confirmed city support* will help leverage over $1 to $2 Million from the province. • $2 Million Provincial support will help leverage $1–2 Million from the Federal Government. • $10.5 Million Targeted Goal. $3.5 Million from government sources, $2 Million from foundations, corporate and private donations and $5 Million from an extreme makeover in-kind support strategy. • We welcome partnerships and in-kind support. • Naming rights and prominent recognition available.

*Committed funding

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Buddy’s Voice iHuman has changed me in so many ways.

It also makes me see things in a different perspective, makes me act and feel different, and the best thing about it is that it’s all positive. I come in every time I get a chance and every time I step foot inside I feel good; I feel a warm vibe. People here are very helpful and understanding. I see a lot of different kinds in the building, but yet the same in many ways. Nice, honest, and most of all caring. We’re like a family. iHuman is now a part of my life. It’s helping me reach my goal for the future. My past wasn’t the best one, but iHuman has helped me back from my slip, and got me to stand back up on my own two feet, guided me to the positive life. iHuman is my home.

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Partnerships: Collaboration and connection with a variety of social service agencies is a key focus.

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A Vision for the Future: Edmonton – a global leader in redefining the positive power of the arts, creativity and community.

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iHuman Values Statement

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iHuman Awards

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iHuman has helped hundreds of youth that have beaten the odds, broken the cycle and become healthy

iHuman loves that feeling of being a part of a unique and soulful community.

Tiffany Tiffany was entering high school at the age of 16 when she first joined iHuman. As the organization grew and changed over the years, Tiffany knew there was always a place for her, as iHuman always kept its doors open for youth needing to share ideas and grow. iHuman has helped Tiffany experience and connect with other people’s life perspectives in an inclusive and invigorating way, in ways that she says were not possible in the other aspects of her life. Everyone who becomes a part of

Cory Cory asserts that he was never really involved in media arts as a child. He was touched by the work of his uncle, who was heavily involved in native dramatic arts. Cory would hear of his uncle traveling across Canada to participate in exhibits, performances and festivals, and this was an intriguing and motivating force for Cory throughout his youth. Cory came to iHuman looking to pursue media, and he was enrolled in the Uncensored

iHuman has given Tiffany the tools to flourish in an arts capacity in many ways. Wallis invited many art instructors to participate in sessions with the youth, opening them to mature arts perspectives. When the time came for Tiffany to explore post-secondary studies at national art institutions, Tiffany had the emotional support and financial support from bursaries that iHuman helped her to secure. iHuman’s commitment to success empowered Tiffany to pursue her own dreams on her own terms, bringing her a high sense of value and self worth. Tiffany understands that she is now a conduit of change, and her efforts now influence others, bringing hope and strength to others as they work toward bettering their lives in much the same ways.

program, which enabled youth to educate service providers on ways to better manage situations that they may encounter with high-risk youth. Cory flourished in this program, as he was able to build his storytelling skills in multimedia as he built his skills in creating that media collaboratively with other iHuman alumni. Cory has even taken his mission to share story beyond our borders. He was a participant in the United Nations Association of Canada’s Multimedia and Multiculturalism Program. Cory was also awarded a place in Canada World Youth’s Youth Leaders in Action, which took him throughout various volunteer engagements in Tanzania, east Africa.

that she grew to trust, learning skills, making hip hop music and sharing perspectives.

Melissa At 16, Melissa felt lost and challenged by tough childhood and a life plagued with drugs, alcohol and violence. She had heard of iHuman through her sister, who was also alumni. She visited iHuman and was moved by the variety of arts programs that were at her disposal. She immediately gravitated to music. It was through the development of music and writing that Melissa began reaching deeper into herself and building inner strength as she worked with people

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With the support of iHuman, she was able to conquer her addictions and get away from dangerous situations that plague youth on the street. The supportive, creative community arms her with the will and the skill to produce and record music for audiences to enjoy and connect with. Melissa continues to be a key member of iHuman. After completing high school, she designed the peer-focused program, Healthy Heart, Healthy Start. The EPCOR funded program focuses on building healthy relationships with one’s self and others. It’s entirely youth initiated and delivered, and it remains a shining (but not only) example of the mentorship capacity and resource capability that alumni bring back to new members.


Awards / Recognition: Venice Biennale 2013. Venice Biennale 2013 is a major contemporary art exhibition that takes place once every two years in Venice, Italy. It recognizes creative talent and is considered the most prestigious award in the world for the arts.

Awards / Recogniton: United Nations United Nations Association of Canada’s Multimedia and Multiculturalism Program. Canada World Youth’s Youth Leaders in Action.

Awards / Recogniton: Epcor Healthy Start Melissa is also featured in a video for the TELUS Empower You Campaign, which airs on cable networks nationally.

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iHuman Partnerships Empowering youth to improve their quality of life and to enable them to reach their full potential iHuman is proud to work with the following partners, many of whom are Edmonton non profit organizations, in its efforts to bring quality arts and social programs to Edmonton youth.

Caring Alberta Foundation for the Arts

Creativity

Edmonton Arts Council

Colours Art & Framing

Dr. Beatrice Wu, Dominion Medical Centre

Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services Authority, Region 6

Capital City Clean Up - Community Mural Program

Native Counselling Services of Alberta

The Works

Poundmakers Lodge

Terra Centre

NextFest Edmonton Community Foundation

Youth Criminal Defense Office

The Anne and Eldon Foote Foundation

E4C EPCOR Community Essentials Council

Edmonton's Food Bank

Dr. Ann Marie Dewhurst and Dr. Karen Nielsen, Valerian Consulting

Bonneyville Indian-Metis Rehabilitation Centre

Project KARE

University of Alberta

REACH Edmonton

AltaFab Structures Ltd.

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Telus Edmonton Community Board

Authenticity

City of Edmonton

REALTORS Community Foundation


creativity positive path

Imagine this A VISION TO INSPIRE THE WORLD. EDMONTON A GLOBAL LEADER IN REDEFINING THE POSITIVE POWER OF THE ARTS, CREATIVITY AND COMMUNITY. Imagine a city with a program that helps traumatized youth find their own identity and regain their trust and confidence in the world through the healing power of the arts. Imagine that they are able to rebuild their lives through creative self-expression, crisis intervention and caring so that these young people can take the lessons they’ve learned and help mentor others who face adversity in life and community. Now imagine Edmonton as an inspiration to the world. Through increased awareness, authentic engagement and committed partnerships – iHuman’s collective of dedicated caring people and the way they transform the arts, creativity and care to truly empower high-risk youth and community, is making this imagination a reality. Reaching and exceeding this definition of potential is when a city has distinctive communities helping each other in unexpected, yet very positive ways. This model will inspire all communities in Edmonton to think more creatively to solve challenges and address opportunities to make their community stronger. Potential is when local businesses are inspired from this model so they begin to expand their vision with more innovation and creativity. Potential is when once traumatized youth become empowered to teach the value of creativity to patients involved in Arts in Medicine programs – which help people cope with challenges like the trauma of cancer and other life adversities.

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Potential is the ability to inspire others through a strong sense of purpose and hope to “achieve something together” that is much greater than the sum of its parts.

This potential lives within iHuman organically and it is our hope is to help make this authentic vision become a life-changing reality for many.

Circle of life A LONG-TERM VISION FOR iHUMAN. THE FUTURE OF iHUMAN IS ABOUT SHARING OUR SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM MODEL AND INSPIRING OUR YOUTH TO BECOME LEADERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. By increasing iHuman’s capacity to serve more youth while activating social innovation in community – we will be able to identify, support and mentor more outstanding youth leaders like Melissa, Cory, Jamie and others. The added capacity of empowered youth will help break the cycle made from the imperfections in our social fabric such as poverty, homelessness, addictions, mental health issues, gang affiliations, abuse and violence. An increased number of empowered youth mentors can help by advocating preventative and positive change in challenged communities to their peer groups, as well as to young families and 6-12 year old children who may be potential at-risk youth.

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term identifying the symbiotic relationship of the individual within the collective community; ‘one for all and all for one’. AGENCY HISTORY The iHuman Youth Society is a registered non-profit, charitable organization founded by two local Edmonton artists – Sandra Bromley and Wallis Kendal, in 1997. Stemming from a millennium art exhibit and project known as “the gun sculpture,” street youth became interested in art and with guidance from our founders, began working on their own exhibit on anti-violence called “red tear”. Both exhibits were displayed concurrently at the Alberta Gallery of Art. Following the completion of the exhibits the youth petitioned to continue to express their voices through art; thus, iHuman Youth Society was established.

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iHuman Values Statement

iHuman Our name comes from an Inuit

– We never give up on youth. – We respect youth as unique individuals. – We listen to youth and their needs and we change our programs according to demand. – We remain attractive to youth. We won’t become too institutional. – We are non-judgmental – We promote opportunities for self-expression (e.g., in art work). It is empowering for youth who must feel they are heard. – We are open to all high-risk youth between the ages of 12 and 24, unconditionally. – We are committed to developing mentors among youth and want our staff to grow with them (personal development at all levels and for all concerned). – We value opportunities for youth to advance in life and make positive contributions in society. – We want youth to feel connected to iHuman as a family: supported to be healthy and productive while learning to maximize their own unique abilities.


iHuman Awards

iHuman, it’s founders, board members, staff & youth have been honoured with over 30 awards – locally, nationally & internationally. 2005 Time Magazine (Canadian Edition) Canadian Hero honour to Wallis Kendal for his work with high risk youth. 2006 University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award to Wallis Kendal for his work with high risk youth. 2006 Kaiser Foundation Excellence in Youth Leadership awarded to Brianna Olson, iHuman Social Worker. 2011 Duncan & Craig Laurel Award Recognizing the Innovation & Creativity of Not for Profit OrganizationsGold Laurel Award for "High Risk Youth Uncensored: An Educational Exchange (Uncensored)".

2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Awards (inaugural year) True Imagination Award to iHuman Youth Society: presented to an individual, group, or public, private or non-governmental organization that has initiated imaginative approaches to the improvement of mental health and reduction of addiction through treatment or programs. 2012 Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Awards (inaugural year) True Grit Award to iHuman Youth Society: presented to an individual who has made use of mental health and/or addiction services and has inspired others in their own recoveries or dedicated her/himself to furthering mental health and addiction programs.

Additional Awards to Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP) which was initiated by iHuman but became its own non-profit (2003) by the time these awards were issued. 2003 City of Edmonton, Edmonton Youth Council Youth Investment Award to "Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP). 2004 Royal Commonwealth Society – Commonwealth Youth Programme Commonwealth Youth Gold Award for "Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP). 2004 City of Edmonton, Edmonton Youth Council Youth Investment Award to "Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP). 2004 Recognizing Immigrant Success and Endeavours (RISE) RISE Award to " Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP). 2004 Government of Canada, Restorative Justice Award Ron Wiebe Award to "Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP). 2004 Alberta Solicitor General Certificate of Achievement to iHuman Youth Society and YRAP for "Promoting Community Safety and Crime Prevention".

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help

iHuman Donation Program CanadaHelps.org iHuman has made it easy for you to help out. Please go to CanadaHelps.org to make an online donation to help with our “A Home for Youth” capital building campaign fund or some of the other ongoing special projects that support our youth now. It’s a fast, safe, secure and economical way to help us fundraise online. Building for Youth Campaign iHuman with its “a Home for Youth, a Place for Art" permanent home project that will allow us to both deliver our essential services with more continuity and stability for our clientele, as well establishing expanded capacity to serve Edmonton’s predicted growing high risk youth population in the future. Please contact Sandra to find out more about how you can donate a “Gift in Kind” or be a Corporate sponsor of our 2013 “All In! Edmonton” extreme make-over renovation & building project.

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For more information regarding: Our “A Home for Youth, A Place for Art" capital campaign please contact: Sandra Bromley, Co-Founder iHuman P: 780. 421.8811 or H: 780. 433.5086 sbromley@shaw.ca

iHuman operations and corporate sponsorship programs, please contact: Catherine Broomfield, Executive Director P: 780 421 8811 or C: 780 920 1517 catherine@ihuman.org

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