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.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Encouraging The World & BMe Leaders Mentor freshman students at Coppin State University

Robert, Cirron, Al, Damion and Reggie (Left to Right) team up to mentor Coppin State University freshman students. Cirron and Damion are both BMe Leaders supporting Coppin's groundbreaking "Our House" program, directed by Steve Delice. Coppin State University now has four BMe men who have been awarded grants and recognition for their service and accomplishments
in Baltimore, Maryland.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Greater Baltimore Church of Christ recognizes ETW's Executive Director, Cirron Lanier Greenidge

     By: Phat Vuong

Romans 13 verse 7 teaches that you “give to everyone what you owe them...if honor, then honor”. The Greater Baltimore Church of Christ (GBCOC) takes great pride in honoring Cirron Greenidge, winner of the 2013 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Initiative Leadership Award. Cirron, a member of GBCOC and founding president of the non-profit “Encouraging The World”, was recognized by BMe for his organization’s community engagement through more than 12 years of work with orphans and indigenous youth.
The BMe awarded 50 men from a pool of 400 small grants totaling $600,000 in 2013. Cirron and “Encouraging the World” were among those recipients.
We couldn't be more proud of the Cirron and his work. For more information or to get involved visit

Friday, June 27, 2014

ETW in Haiti building the second floor to Children's Light Ministries.

The new home for CLM. Work in progress.
Jaida cleaning up the kitchen and dining area.
Mixing the water, sand and cement.
Making Cement
Hauling cement to the second floor of the childrens home.
  Taking a break on the Beach!

Sifting rocks from the sand to make cement.

Sifting sand to make cement.

Sand delivery!
Need to move all that sand off the road. Whew!! Second load.