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..

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 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

WE ARE BACK!!! Fall 2014 - Summer 2015

Meet some of our youth. Help them to serve parentless youth in Haiti and Dominican Republic this Summer 2015. Go to PayPal and purchase a cap for $20. PayPal: and email us.

Encouraging The World will be featured at the AUTUMN LEAVES Event.
405 E. Oliver St in Baltimore, Maryland
OCTOBER 18, 2014 @ 4pm
FREE!! Bring your friends.
Autumn Leaves is an innovative arts project bringing those younger than 50 together with those 50 or older in reflection and celebration of their paths.