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, mentoring, youth leadership and conflict resolution programming.

In 2014, ETW Baltimore Youth served The Children's Light Ministries Orphanage and facilitated programming to support the build their home extension, hosted a youth sexual education workshop, and taught English to children 5 - 18 years old. ETW Baltimore Youth were empowered by facilitating and sharpening their leadership skills.

Encouraging the World was presented with:

2013 BMe Leadership Award

2014 Ambassador of Peace by the Universal Peace Federation


ETW Youth Board
- ETWYB consist of 8-10 youth. Supports ETW with decision making, youth engagement, and programming.

ETW International Service Program
- ETW Youth Ambassadors engage in local community and youth development programming for 1 year.
- ETWYA travel abroad for a 2-week international service enrichment excursion, facilitating youth -led activities for parent-less children and receive leadership training.

ETW Time
- Safe space where youth and community can discuss, create, and form relationships. Produce media, art, speeches, and performance art related works about their lives. Monthly community chosen chats about social, economic, race, arts...


1. ETW Youth Board - To empower a selected group of youth to provide pathways for their peers to engage in positive relationships and opportunities.

2. ETW International Service Program - To expand and provide the ambassadors with a heighten awareness of global affairs and international economies by traveling.

3. ETW Time - To provide a safe space where youth and community can discuss, create, and form relationships. Produce media, art, speeches, and performance art related works about their lives.

Encouraging The World is a program of Fusion Partnerships, Inc..

Friday, December 20, 2013

Encouraging The World, 1st Annual Gratitude Event with Bruun Studios, December 14, 2013

"The ETW Gratitude event set the pace for my whole week" -Naomy Ramos (photographer and videographer)

"It was a pleasure to experience the spirituality in the room of the performances of the ETW Youth Ambassadors. I felt the Spirit of Gratitude among allow who participated in the event" - Glenn Smith

 Cirron Lanier Greenidge, Founder video

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

ETW Architects Program bagged over 1100 meals that will be served to people in Baltimore city! Moveable Feast

The ETW Architects Program bagged over 1100 meals that will be served to 
people in Baltimore city!

A note from Moveable Feast: Volunteers make our work come alive. Literally. Moveable Feast’s lean staff could never serve so many people without the support of thousands of individual and group volunteers who contribute 50,000+ hours to our mission each year.

Most volunteer assistance is needed at our East Baltimore office and kitchen. Whether you can dedicate a few hours each week, each month or each year, you will join an enthusiastic and fun group of kitchen assistants, delivery drivers, bakers, gardeners and more. Your donated time means that men, women and children fighting severe illnesses will have healthy meals and a friendly face to look forward to each week.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Volunteering with Blue Water Baltimore for their Better Waterways Fall Cleanup at Herring Run Park!

Every bit helps.


ETW Rep Jennifer and son.

 ETW Youth Ambassador, Detrick

ETW Rep Caleb and Son

Larissa and Caleb tangled in the trash.  

ETW Development Director, Richard

Headed back. Lets keep our water and earth clean.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

National Wildlife Federation, Hike and Seek Event

Encouraging The World serving 200 families and Cleaning up Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Maryland.

To all of our volunteers:

Thank you so much for volunteering at National Wildlife Federation’s Hike & Seek at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore on October 26thOur event wouldn’t have been the success it was without each and every one of you.We hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather and the opportunity to help get America’s kids outdoors.

The vision for Hike & Seek is to explore the outdoors together and ensure nature’s legacy. Under the Be Out There  movement, Hike & Seek aspires for children to trade screen time for green time. With your help, we accomplished just that!  Some say it takes a village to raise a child. We say it takes a backyard, a playground, a park.

We encourage you to visit us on Facebook and share your stories and photos.

Thanks again for volunteering! We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2014.

The Hike & Seek Team

October 26, 2013