Stone Center’s Communiversity celebrates 20 years of service to local school children

Join UNC-Chapel Hill’s Communiversity Youth Program in celebrating its 20th year of helping local school children on April 20.

Communiversity is the cornerstone youth program of the Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC. Since 1992 the program has provided after-school academic and cultural enrichment activities for children from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system. Participants take part in activities that reinforce the importance of community and help develop their interpersonal skills.

The program was developed to honor the commitment, dedication and spirit of the late Dr. Sonja Haynes Stone — a former UNC professor.

The Communiversity 20th Anniversary Celebration is set for 6:30 p.m. on April 20 at the Stone Center with a reception immediately after the program. The event is free and open to the public.The celebration will include musical performances, recognition of past and current Communiversity participants and remarks from State Superintendent June Atkinson.

In honor of Communiversity’s 20th anniversary, former UNC basketball player Brendan Haywood contributed $10,000 to the Stone Center program via the Brendan Haywood Single Parent’s Family Fund. This is Haywood’s first gift to UNC.

“We’ve hit a huge milestone and it’s exciting to see that 20 years later, we are still committed to serving children in a meaningful way,” said Chelsea Mosley, Communiversity director. “This celebration acknowledges the impact we’ve had and will continue to have on our student volunteers and student participants far beyond the time that we spend with them here at UNC.”

Read more about the Communiversity celebration and other Stone Center programs.

Published April 10, 2012.