InnerCity Weightlifting's mission is to amplify the voice and agency of people who have been most impacted by systemic racism and mass incarceration.
We partner with program participants through case management and careers in and beyond personal training. Individuals are elevated as experts in fitness and the social issues they've lived. ICW is a culture and community in which power dynamics are flipped, social capital is bridged, and new leaders emerge in the fight to combat long-standing inequities.
Donations contribute to ICW's personal training apprenticeship program, Student Hardship Fund, student services & case management, and gym general operations. In 2020, donations helped ICW work with more students than any previous year, reach 200 Individual Advancement Plan goals (including employment, housing, education, transportation, personal training certifications, and more), and provide $60K of direct support during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Student Hardship Fund - a 100% increase over 2019.
Note: donation level descriptions reflect donation impact after match.
Donating to ICW is more than compassionate, it's a wise investment. For every dollar donated to the program, we generate a 10.6x return in societal benefits by reducing rates of incarceration and promoting employment.