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.
The Areas We Serve
The work of Inner City Innovators is tightly focused on the inner city corridors of West Palm Beach, Florida.
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. That same year, Ricky and ICI won the Champions of Hope Award from the Faith Symposium in Orlando, Florida. By January 2018, ICI had won their first major grant to fully fund Ricky’s salary as the Executive Director of ICI from the generous folks at the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.
How To Get Involved
ICI is always in need of visionaries, supporters, contributors, sponsors, volunteers, and experts in various fields to help us fulfill our mission and our promise to our inner city youth. You can donate to us via this website, and if you do, please consider making it a monthly contribution.
Major Contributors: We are looking at this time for major donors or corporate partnerships and/in in-kind gifts that will help us achieve our next major milestone: securing facilities, and a small staff of two (2) to help in our day-to-day operations. Please use the form below to let us know you are interested in helping us achieve these goals.
Volunteers: Use the form below to let us know if you are interested in working with our youth, volunteering hours and expertise to help us write grants and fund raise, or for any other efforts you may be able to contribute.