Mike Friedman, Executive Director:
Mike holds a strong belief that, given the needed support, young people have the capacity to create positive outcomes for themselves. He brings decades of experience working with youth development programs, including summer camp programs, after school programming, as well as in-school suspension alternatives. For 23 years, Mike was Executive Director of Vacamas Programs for Youth in New York City, where he grew the program from a summer camp serving 500 families to a year round, multi-site institution that helped 5000 families of low and moderate income youth. Of specific interest to Rebound is his leadership of the Vacamas TOPS program, an attendance improvement and drop-out prevention initiative in New York City public schools providing student and family support for youth identified as in danger of early school drop-out. Since his retirement from Vacamas and move to North Carolina, Mike has continued to use his skills to impact youth and youth serving programs. He is a Blue Ribbon Mentor, as well as a Lead Counselor at Emily K Center, where he mentors high school students preparing for college. He has also done board and consulting work for several area non-profits, including Lifeskills Foundation, Communities in Schools of Chatham County, and and Durham Literacy Center.
Cimarron Reed, Program Director: Cimarron Reed is a native of Hartford, CT and currently resides in Durham, NC. His background and focus on community collaboration, gang prevention and outreach has led him to a number of opportunities and community leadership roles. Cimarron attended Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, NC where he majored in African-American Studies and Organizational Management.
Airico Williams, MSW Intern: Airico Williams is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where she marjored in Social Work. She currently attends North Carolina Central University and is a student in their Master’s of Social Work program. Through her life experiences, she has gained a passion for serving children and adolescents that are at risk for enduring social problems. Overall, her desired career path is to empower children and families to improve their quality of life.
Alleyah Mason, MSW Intern: Alleyah Mason is a native of Roanoke Rapids, NC and currently reside in Durham, NC. She attends North Carolina Central University and is a full-time student in their Master’s of Social Work program. Due to her childhood experiences, Alleyah discovered a passion for helping and advocating for individual who are not in the position to do so themselves. This passion has led her to work at different nonprofit organizations that assist at-risk youth. She hopes to eventually own a group home that serves individuals who have aged out of the foster care system to aid in a successful transition into adulthood. Alleyah is a graduate of East Carolina University and marjored in Social Work.
Cherell Robinson, MSW Intern: Cherell Robinson is a native of Winston-Salem, NC and currently resides in Durham, NC. She attends North Carolina Central University and is a student in their Master’s of Social Work program. Cherell has an interest in child welfare and working with children and families. She is also a graduate of North Carolina Central University undergrad and majored in Social Work.
Shauna Moore, MSW Intern: Shauna Moore is a native of Winston-Salem, NC and currently resides in Durham, NC. She attends North Carolina Central University and is a student in their Master’s of Social Work program. With her background in social work, she has become passionate about working with the youth in the community and hopes to aid students to reach their post-graduation dreams by educating them on the opportunities available to them. Shauna aspires to one day establish her own non-profit organization focusing on at-risk youth. She attended North Carolina Central University for undergrad and majored in Social Work.