The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation is proud to donate more than $5 million to the Inner City Youth Development Association, which includes the Inner City High School building and land it resides on. The donation from the EOCF allows Inner City High School to become financially self-sufficient and sets up the Inner City Youth Development Association for long-term sustainability.
The partnership began in 2008, when the EOCF was looking to identify a project that would leave a lasting legacy for the City of Edmonton. This project - the redevelopment of Inner City High School - perfectly met the goals of the EOCF and played a vital role in helping the City of Edmonton realize its vision of offering educational opportunities and support for marginalized youth.
In December of 2010, the EOCF purchased the land and building of the former Native Friendship Centre and completely renovated it to serve as Inner City High School's new home. Since 2010, the EOCF has helped with operating costs, capital maintenance and renewal for ICH and maintained an excellent working relationship. The EOCF also provides annual scholarships to any graduate of ICH wishing to pursue post-secondary education.