Inner City Innovators, Inc. (ICI) is founded and led by Ricky Aiken, a product of the inner city of West Palm Beach, with a passion for embodying the change he wants to see there.
ICI’s mission is to inspire and empower at-risk youth to embody the change they want to see in their communities.
At Inner City Innovators, we believe that if change is going to come to the inner cities of America, it is going to have to come from the inside out, so we have positioned ourselves to identify young leaders with the social capital and life experiences needed to make a difference and we empower them to do so.
See our model at work through the footage below!
Answering the Call to Community Leadership
Inner City Innovators was founded in the Summer of 2015 when Ricky Aiken and Terryon Chapman grew weary of the gun violence plaguing their community so decided to do something about it.
Losing a Comrade: Johnny Davis
Johnny was a member of Inner City Innovators and had accompanied us at the community forum in the story featured above. His life was cut short by the same gun violence he sought to put an end to less than two weeks after the story aired.
A Step of Faith
Desiring to bring greater awareness to the issues contributing to gun violence in our community, Ricky Aiken took a leap of faith by running for City Commissioner, eventually placing 2nd out of 3 candidates and garnering 4,000 votes. His courageous run energized our community around the importance of civic engagement.
Our Community, Our Responsibility
To remind residents of their role in preventing youth violence, Inner City Innovators organized a Proactive Peace March to kick off the summer in hopes of achieving peace.
Through the collaboration between Inner City Innovators, City Leaders, and residents, our community achieved it’s very first Summer of Peace. We proved to our community that peace was possible!
The New Normal
Inner City Innovators are the neighborhood Hope dealers so we’re always looking for ways to inspire our youth to be likewise. This is one recent example!
While Ricky Aiken is the current face of our movement, this is not a one man show. We are building an army of streetwise young men and women who are dedicated to embodying the change they want to see in communities like ours!