Inner City Innovators, Inc.
Our mission is to inspire and empower inner city youth to embody the change they want to see in their community.
Homicide is the leading cause of death for Black American youth, especially those residing in inner cities of across the country. We believe that if trends like these are going to be ended, it’s going to have to come from the inside out.
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.
Founded and led by Ricky Aiken, a product of the inner city of West Palm Beach, our aim is to give youth the example and platform needed to take the safety of their community into their own hands.
Community Engagement Walks and Activities
“Our team hits the streets on a weekly basis to engage the most at-risk youth in our communities to offer them hope through our testimonies and help through our mentoring services. We also partner with other organizations to offer resources outside our area of expertise.
“Because homicide disproportionately affects young black males, we’ve created workshops geared towards giving these youth the skills they need to reduce their likelihood of perpetrating or being victimized by gun violence. We offer them in community, school, or any setting where youth are gathered.
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.”
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.
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.”
About Ricky Aiken
Ricky Aiken is the Founder and Executive Director of Inner City Innovators. Ricky has dedicated his last ten years to community organizing and activism for decreasing the influence of gangs and eradicating the prevalence of gun violence among young African American men.
In 2016, Ricky formed Inner City Innovators, Inc. as a public goods organization, and in 2017, ICI earned it’s non-profit designation. In 2017, Ricky and ICI won the Champions of Hope Award from the Faith Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
In 2018, ICI won their first major grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
The Areas We Serve
The work of Inner City Innovators is tightly focused on the inner city corridors of West Palm Beach, Florida.