The Renaissance Academy

The Renaissance Academy provides a network of support for middle and high school students in the Roanoke Valley. The Academy facilitates opportunities for Black professionals to contribute to the success of future generations of Black male students while connecting with Rebounding Roanoke in new, positive, and creative ways.

Build Your Future in the Present

The Renaissance Academy curriculum includes a wide range of topics such as:

  • Education Matters, (PSAT and SAT preparation, college tours, “College Adopt a Student Program”) Character Building
  • Etiquette
  • Professionalism (communication skills, public speaking)
  • Financial Planning (maintaining a bank account)
  • Goal Setting (life skills, creation of a Success Plan)
  • Decision Making
  • Career Exploration (interviewing skills, job shadowing)
  • Health and Wellness

There are also several traditions at The Renaissance Academy such as the Purple tie/Gold bowtie, the Donning of the Blazer, and annual college visits that serve to build bonds and strengthen ties among the students and their mentors. Thirty-four young men are currently enrolled in The Renaissance Academy. They are making positive personal strides while contributing to the region through community service efforts.

Cardinal Principles


10 Tenents of Success

Our mission of cultivating a vision developed through, setting goals and creating productive lifestyles.

  1. Character Enhancement
  2. Concerted Cultivation
  3. Community Service
  4. Career Exploration
  5. Communication/Oratory  Skills
  6. Critical Thinking
  7. Choices and Decision Making Skills
  8. Creating Vision and Goals
  9. College Preparatory Programming
  10. Cultural Exposure

Programs and Services

The Renaissance Academy is currently planning for the annual spring break college/cultural tour. This year, we will focus on colleges within the Charlotte, North Carolina area. During our tour, members will be inspired, enlightened, and encouraged to continue their educational endeavors until they reach the institute of their choice. We will have the unique opportunity to tour Movement Mortgage Inc., which has been noted as one of the fastest growing mortgage banks in the country. Exposure is the key to maximizing one's potential, and this year’s tour will create the opportunity to broaden the mindsets of our young men beyond the Roanoke Valley.

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