The visionary of Rebounding Roanoke is Mr. Jerel Rhodes. He envisioned a functioning organism designed for the youth of the Greater Roanoke Valley upon graduation from William Fleming High School in 1991. Mr Rhodes' vision finally manifested itself during the Fall of 2011. Currently Rebounding Roanoke serves as the umbrella for the following organizations: The Scholarly Gents, The Renaissance Academy, Men of Admin and The Black Educators Coalition.
The Reniassance Academy provides professional men within the Black community an opportunity to contribute to the success of future generations of Black male students while connecting with Virginia Western Community College in new, positive and creative ways. The academy will arrange a 2-3 week job shadowing oppurtunity during each summer for each member. This exposure gained through these work experiences will help to shape these young men for life.