InnerCity Weightlifting’s (ICW) mission is to amplify the voice and agency of people most impacted by systemic racism and mass incarceration.
We create impact through our 4-stage model: Earn Trust, Build Hope, Bridge Social Capital, and Sustain Economic Mobility. ICW is a place where first and foremost people belong, and are seen and valued as individuals. Our comprehensive case management services are designed to partner with each participant, understand needs and interests, and overcome barriers together. Our workforce development and Personal Training Apprenticeship Program create economic mobility. 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.
Before joining ICW, all participants have been impacted by the carceral system, systemic racism, and injustice. In response to the 4 stages of our model, we have seen recidivism rates drop from 88% in the first stage of our model to 8.2% in the final stage of our model. Our most conservative social return on investment is 10.6X.
InnerCity Weightlifting is thrilled to be a first-time member of the B.A.A. Official Charity Program for the 2024 Boston Marathon. All fundraising efforts through the program will directly support InnerCity Weightlifting’s mission.