Inner City Innovators, Inc. (ICI) is a 501(c)(3) Florida non-profit corporation committed to breaking the perpetual cycle of youth delinquency and gun violence in the inner city of West Palm Beach.
Our mission is to inspire and empower inner city youth to embody the change needed to make their communities safer.
Ricky Aiken founded ICI with the intention of giving the youth in his community the example and platform needed to take the safety of their communities into their own hands. A product of the inner city himself, Ricky is well acquainted with the perceived hopelessness felt by youth born and raised in neighborhoods of concentrated disadvantage. As a high school dropout who dabbled in the drug trade and experienced the gun violence plaguing his community first hand, Ricky managed to overcome the odds and become a symbol of hope and redemption to the youth and families in his community.
Community Leadership Development
“We offer individual and group mentoring opportunities to youth (ages 15+) who have encountered or are at-risk for encountering the juvenile justice system. Our curriculum focuses leadership development, social/emotional learning, and community service. We equip youth to be producers instead of products of their environments.”
“Homicide disproportionately affects young black males so we’ve created workshops geared towards giving youth the skills they need to reduce their likelihood of perpetrating or being victimized by gun violence. Interested in bringing this workshop to your group? Contact Ricky!”
Community Engagement Walks and Activities
“Our team hits the streets on a weekly basis to engage residents and keep a pulse on what’s going on in the community. We collaborate with other organizations to offer educational and employment opportunities aimed at helping disconnected youth get their lives back on track. Have relevant info you’d like to get into the hands of youth? Contact Ricky!”
Shooting Response Team
“Our team responds to reports of youth-related gun violence in hopes of using our social capital and life experiences to reduce the chances of retaliation. We also offer support services to youth and families that have been victimized by violence.”
Beyond the Wall
“In addition to reaching youth in the community, we also enter the justice system to engage incarcerated youth. Beyond the Wall is a 12-week program focused on giving youth the tools they need to become productive members of society once they return to their communities.
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