InnerCity Weightlifting

InnerCity Weightlifting’s (ICW) mission is to amplify the voice and agency of people most impacted by mass incarceration and systemic racism. Specifically, ICW works with people who have been stigmatized and labeled by the judicial system without consideration of an individual’s context, circumstance, or humanity. They certify participants as personal trainers. As participants begin training clients at ICW gyms — earning $20-$60 per hour — not only do they gain economic mobility, but more importantly, power dynamics flip.



  • 2020: Accelerator Fellow
  • 2020: COVID Relief Grant Recipient*
  • 2020-2021: Project Grant Recipient*
  • 2022-2024: Growth Portfolio Member

*Past REDF program offering