cyp 101Communiversity Youth Programs, sponsored by the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History, is one of the Stone Center’s longest-standing programs. Since its inception in 1992, Communiversity has connected the vision of Dr. Stone and the work and resources of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center with the University campus and local and state communities through service-learning, community-building, social justice outreach, leadership, cultural literacy development and interpersonal skills development. Communiversity fulfills an important part of the Stone Center’s mission of examining the role of culture in social change and community development by helping to improve student performance through education and practical experience. These components educate, empower and expose participating community youth to various aspects of African and African-American culture and history, along with other cultural traditions, through alternative teaching methods.  Working in cooperation with other University departments and the Chapel Hill Carrboro school system, Communiversity has established lasting relationships and built an important bridge between the University and these communities while also sponsors other community outreach programs that assist in building and/or rebuilding key economic and social resources.

Communiversity programming supports local students in grades K-5 and takes place at University United Methodist Church (150 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC) from Monday through Thursday. Student participants work alongside UNC volunteers from 3:00pm-5:45pm in various academic and cultural enrichment activities that:Lantern 1

1)      Provide exposure to various aspects of African and African-American history, heritage and culture

2)      Create opportunities for cultural enrichment and academic enhancement

3)      Develop skill sets that foster community-building, leadership and interpersonal interaction

4)      Connect students to resources that directly benefit and enhance their learning experiences

The 2015-2016 Communiversity Youth Program starts on September 21st. For more information on Communiversity, please contact Communiversity Manager, Chris Wallace, at 919-962-7264,

If you are interested in volunteering with Communiversity, please contact Communiversity Manager, Chris Wallace at 919-962-7264, You can download the volunteer application HERE.