Inner City High School's focus on supporting youth education and health and wellness is a perfect complement to the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation's (EOCF) mandate. In December 2010, the EOCF purchased the former Native Friendship Centre on 101 St to serve as Inner City High School's new home.
The new facility, spearheaded by the EOCF, accommodates 150 students marking a 125 per cent increase from the previous school building's capacity. Accredited by Alberta Learning, Inner City High School focuses on offering youth both an academic and arts-based alternative to a high school diploma. Helping youth achieve their full potential both academically and personally is a fundamental goal of Inner City High School and in some cases, the work will be nothing short of lifesaving.
This alternative high school supports Edmonton's inner-city youth with a stable and consistent path that goes beyond the classroom. Youth are given guidance regarding accommodation, counselling, nutrition and medical care. Its strong sense of community has created a safe haven offering many at-risk youth a solution and promising future. Through this initiative, the EOCF continues to leave a lasting legacy for the City of Edmonton and its downtown core.
"Without taking care of the students' lives, as a whole, we have no hope of giving them an education," said Inner City High School Director Dr. Joe Cloutier. "We are building bonds of trust by saying 'You don't have to worry about this anymore'."