Renaissance West Community Initiative

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
William "Mack" McDonald
Primary Contact Name
Shannon McKnight
Main Address

3610 Nobles Ave
Charlotte, NC 28208
United States

What We Do

Renaissance West Community Initiative (RWCI's) mission is to promote a collaborative community centered on quality housing, education, health and wellness, and opportunity. Our vision is to end intergenerational poverty through a holistic community revitalization effort. RWCI opened a Pre-K through 8th grade school, Renaissance West STEAM Academy, in 2017 and jointly governs the school with Charlotte-Mecklenburg School system. The Howard Levine Child Development Center is the beginning of our cradle to career education pipeline and is a 5 star high quality facility that strives to have all children ready to enter kindergarten, while also having a holistic approach with their families. Through a plan guided by the residents needs and vision for their neighborhood, RWCI is a consistent support system in all areas of their lives.

Interesting Info
  • RWCI serves 1300 residents in the Renaissance and Little Rock neighborhoods with 87% who are single females under the age of 35 with children.
  • RWCI is mentioned in the Opportunity Task Force report as a place-based initiative that works and needs to be replicated in Charlotte.
  • RWCI jointly governs Renaissance West STEAM Academy (pre-K to 5th) and is opening the Howard Levine Child Development Center (ages 0 to 5).
Geographic Location