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.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

HAPPY 2015!

A Snapshot of 2014! 

Encouraging The World would like to thank everyone for a great 2014. We served thousands of people. You all prepared meals, mixed cement, and gave your heart and energy to build a home for our Haitian partner, Children's Light Ministry. All the children and adults appreciated your dedication and service.

A Big thanks to our 1st International Team from Baltimore!

Larissa Johnson (Staff)
Shaheem Irving 
Jaida Griffin
Detrick Manning
Rita Gunter
Sam Jesner
and to our newest ETW Youth Ambassadors!

Our Representatives

Abraham Barker
Melissa Lansey
Jennifer Scenna
Shavon Montgomery 

A Big Hug to our Local Family!

Parents and Family Members
BMe Community
Peter Brunn
LaMarr Darnell Shields
Al Essien
Coppin State University Students
Movable Feast
Ronald McDonald Home for Kids

Please support us this year as we prepare to serve the Haitian and Dominican Republic 
community in July. You can go to and enter our account information

HAPPY 2015!!

Monday, December 22, 2014

ETW Ambassadors learning new skills! Sock Monkey Event

Encouraging The World, Sock Monkey Event. Learn how to sew, create and have fun! We will use these skills in Haiti and DR next year.

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