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. 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.
Arvetra Jones: Director of Engagement and Family Life Coach
Arvetra attended Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines NC, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Saint Augustine University in Raleigh NC as well as a Masters of Social Work from North Carolina Central University with a concentration in children and families.
He lives in Durham with his wife, Rotcelis M. Jones and son Arvetra Santana Jones. Since the age of ten, Arvetra has served in Christian ministry through rap and singing. He also serves at his church as a drummer, praise and worship vocalist, minister, and vice president of the churches youth commission. Arvetra and his wife operate as photographers, public speakers, and health/wellness coaches.
After the loss of he and his wife’s daughter Rose in 2014, Arvetra set out to find any reason that was worth living and not giving up on life. Through intense character development and mentorship, Arvetra recognized a call to help families build strong relationships within their household as well as their communities. He believes that systems in society can change and evolve if people are open minded and willing to help one another. Using experiential learning education as his method to help individuals uncover who they are, Arvetra believes that we all have life experiences that can help us find our purpose in our lives. It’s up to the individual to be open in discovering what their experiences mean as far as their true “work” is concerned.
“My vision is for everyone to truly identify their purpose in life. The world has so many avenues in media that are attractive to our nature. My job is to help people look past what seems to be gold and identify reality. I believe that if our youths and families get engaged early enough in nurturing personal growth, the chances of community threat will decrease.”
Rasheda Royster, Program Specialist
email@example.com (919) 403-2517
Rasheda brings a sense of care for young people and deep ties to Durham to the Rebound team. As a Durham Public Schools graduate herself, and parent to a preschooler and a recent high school grad, she can easily connect to students and parents alike. She has youth development experience at Project BUILD, as well as corporate experience at Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC.
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.
Cherelle 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.