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Young Businesspeople


Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.”

– Buddha

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Executive Director

Shonya returns to Center 360 after serving as the organization's Program Supervisor during the 2021-2022 academic year. She made the decision to end an award-winning media advertising career and begin her social work journey in 2006. Shonya has served in nonprofit leadership roles in Virginia and North Carolina that support youth and seniors. She has worked with the oldest and largest family services agency in the Hampton Roads region as a parent educator, clinician/case manager and mentoring coordinator.


Shonya's educational background includes a Master of Social Work degree from Norfolk State University and Bachelors in Business Administration from Old Dominion University. She is also a Community Resiliency Model (CRM) Trainer and Certified Therapeutic Art Life Coach. 


This proud mother of two amazing sons was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, and lived in Virginia until her relocation to the Charlotte area in 2019. Shonya joined Center 360, because she believes: “Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.”

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Program Supervisor

Shanise White is a dedicated community advocate, driven by her commitment to fostering the growth and empowerment of young individuals. Her expertise lies in the realm of learning and development, where she has demonstrated an exceptional ability to catalyze achievement through inventive training approaches and strategies for engaging youth. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, Shanise brings her extensive experience from directly serving a range of diverse communities, with a specific focus on youth aged 5 to 18.

An unwavering passion for family is at the heart of Shanise's values. She is resolute in her belief in fortifying family foundations and feels a profound calling to guide young minds towards a holistic perspective of life.

Hailing from Youngstown, OH, Shanise finds joy in golfing, immersing herself in nature, and cherishing moments with her loved ones. Rooted in her essence is a deep-seated commitment to illuminating the path for children, helping them recognize their unique brilliance and navigate challenges, regardless of the world around them.

2023 - 2024 Interns



sujana islam | public health

UNC Charlotte

jennifer kidd | social work

UNC Charlotte

molly smith | social work

UNC Charlotte

lacynkel johnson | social work

UNC Charlotte

Board of Directors

keisha hamilton | board chair

Northwell Health

akeliah stewart | treasurer 

Foster Village Charlotte

lieutenant lebraun evans
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

yolanda reddick

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

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