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w w w . y o u t h c e n t r e s c a n a d a . c o m 12 A ngela Kinsey once said: "We want our kids to grow up to be people who can think outside of the box, be creative and innovators, sort of the forward-thinkers of our future. I think a way to inspire that is through art and music." In his 1991 publication Divergent Thinking, Mark Runco con- ducted a longitudinal study that linked the level of creativity youth re- ceived in their education with their ability to problem solve and come up with innovative ideas. He argued that it was important for youth to receive creative education in order for them to develop valuable life skills that would help with future employability. Youth Centres across Canada make it a point to ensure that their programming promotes cre- ative expression for youth in a safe, fun environment. iHuman Youth Society in Edmonton, Alberta is a fine example of a youth centre that integrates creative expression into all their activities and programs. Catherine Broomfield, iHuman's Executive Director, shared with us: "iHuman's mission is to deliver caring, creative and authentic programs and services. This means we embed creative expression and exploration into everything we do. We are mindful of the healing prop- erties of the arts to make a safe space for exploring and releasing trauma." A simple trip to the youth society's webpage proves that this organization excels at providing creative stimulation for Edmonton's youth, particularly those at risk. iHuman's goal is for at risk youth to find healing, motivation and their own creative identities through their various programs. Here's a peek at the types of creative programming iHuman Youth So- ciety provides! MUSIC iHuman's music program helps youth to write, compose and perform their songs, raps or beats, which often reflect their real life experiences. For youth who would like to take it to the next level, CD and music video production opportunities have been added to the program. Frequent performances outside the youth centre showcase the youth's musical iHuman Youth Society: Fostering Creativity and Self Expression in Edmonton's Youth By Victoria St.Michael

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