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  • Writer's pictureAlana V. Allen

How They Grew Their Nonprofits? the Program Design Edition

For the December edition of "How They Grew Their Nonprofits?," Alana Knows Nonprofits partnered with Christopher Wallace, Director of the Communiversity Youth Program at UNC-Chapel Hill, to teach nonprofit leaders how to develop an award-winning nonprofit program.

Chris Wallace is an Inspirational Speaker who travels near and far to educate, empower, and inspire youth and adults. He speaks on overcoming adversity, self-discovery, and community engagement with an energy and enthusiasm that is infectious!

Wallace is a native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and a graduate of one of the nation's finest Historical Black Colleges and Universities, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. He is a four-time award-winning and 10 -time award nominated youth and undergraduate program director, a strong advocate for youth, and a lifelong public servant, by way of his extensive work in the community and continued work with youth and young adults.

Wallace has served in roles as youth development directors, has worked in communications with the National Football League's Carolina Panthers, and has served with a myriad of youth leadership and service organizations such as Upward Bound, Big Brothers Big Sisters, the YMCA, National Youth Sports Program and others. He comfortably utilizes his lifelong love of learning, genuine affection, and sense of humor with his audiences to help him achieve his ultimate goal of inspiring others.

In February 2020, Wallace was named the Erskine B. Bowles Service Award Winner for the State of North Carolina, a statewide honor that recognizes one person in the state for exemplary community service and displaying generosity in contributions of time, energy, and spirit to campuses and communities. In April 2016, he was awarded the Robert E. Bryan Public Service Award by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), an annual and prestigious award that recognizes outstanding engagement and service to the state of North Carolina and is characterized by inspiring and helping others to serve as well as ensuring the impact is lasting. In the same year, WCHL in Chapel Hill awarded him a "Hometown Hero" award, that recognizes individuals for going above and beyond in the community.

In 2017, Wallace was honored as the Special Recognition recipient of the University of North Carolina's Diversity Award for commitment to diversity and inclusion, an award which is considered the university’s highest recognition for diversity efforts and recognizes individuals or organizations for exemplary service or scholarship in promoting diversity, equity, social justice, community engagement and/or cultural awareness.

To learn more about Christopher Wallace please visit ​

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