ETW Programs:


In 2007, Encouraging the World originated in the mind of its founder during a mountain hike in Cyprus. Since its conception, Encouraging the World (ETW) has worked in orphanages, juvenile homes, schools, and churches throughout the world.

ETW began in Bethlehem working with the Al-Harah Theater Group and Contacting the World. ETW choreographed and co-directed Facehook?!, currently touring the Middle East and Europe. This work aims to communicate the lives and struggles of Arab youth through music, dance, and drama.

ETW has launched several projects in the Philippines to serve orphan and juvenile communities, recruiting 50 volunteers from Thailand, Baltimore, Holland, and the Philippines. These projects included tree plantings, clothing drives, hosting a “Nutrition Month” for an elementary school, and feeding an indigenous community of 600 children and families.

In 2013, ETW was incorporated in Baltimore, Maryland and founded with a vision to offer youth volunteer community revitalization projects, awareness of global competence, international excursions, big brother support, performance and visual arts, sports, special events, English lessons, Bible classes, youth leadership and conflict resolution programming.

Encouraging the World was presented with the Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award with partnerships through the Knight Foundation. January 2014, our founder, Cirron Lanier Greenidge, was recognized as an Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Peace Federation for his work on Encouraging the World. Recently, Encouraging The World became a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc..


ETW International Service Program- ETW Youth Ambassadors travel abroad for a 2-week international service enrichment excursion, facilitating youth -led activities for parentless children and receive leadership training.

ETW Architect Program- ETW Ambassadors are required to participate in monthly enrichment and volunteer service projects in Maryland, building up the community.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

We baked over 200 cookies today at the Ronald McDonald House - chocolate chip, snicker doodle, and sugar-

Encouraging The World Youth Ambassadors, making 200+ holiday cookies (home-made), for families that are living at the Ronald McDonald House while their kids are treated for severe illness.
I hope we added some sweet times to all of you.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Autumn Leaves partners with ETW Youth Ambassadors

Last night's Autumn Leaves event with the Maple Group was FANTASTIC!!! The crowd was amazing, and the Leaves spoke so beautifully! We were SO lucky to have incredible performances by youth involved with Walks of ARTand Encouraging The World! Special Thanks to our amazing event host,Rodney Foxworth, and to our incredible volunteers: MichelleSarah T. andAlisa! Also big thanks to the Station North Arts Cafe for providing snacks for the event!

More photos coming very soon, and this photo of Peter Bruun (Autumn Leaves Project Creator & Producer) speaking to the crowd was taken by the amazing Cir-Ron Lanier, Director of Encouraging the World. - Sarah Edels

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Civic Works thank you letter. Also featuring our Executive Director, Cirron Greenidge.

Images courtesy of BeMore Photography.

Thank you from Civic Works!

Thank you so much for volunteering with us at Civic Works' 12th Annual Ricky Myers Day of Service on Saturday, October 11th. What a great day! Despite the rainy weather, 360 volunteers completed 19 service projects all over Baltimore in just four hours. Together, you planted 99 trees and 6,000 bulbs, cleaned and maintained public parks and community green spaces, beautified a city school, made improvements to Clifton Mansion and three farms, and so much more.

Your service to Baltimore's communities this past Saturday had a huge impact. Thank you for another great Day of Service and we look forward to seeing you next year!


Dana M. Stein
Executive Director

Sunday, October 12, 2014

 12th Annual Ricky Myers Day of Service Baltimore

ETW with Civic Works @ 12th Annual Ricky Myers Day of Service
Saturday, October 11th, 2014
Volunteer Information
Project: Real Food Farm - Harvesting veggies, weeding, prep
Location: 2801 Saint Lo Drive, Baltimore, MD 21213