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..

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Francis Beltran - Just passed the Holy Trinity Entrance Exam (Philippines)

ETW reuniting with Francis Beltran. He has aged-out of the boys orphanage in the Philippines and we are meeting to discuss his University and work plans. He just passed the Holy Trinity University Entrance Exam. He wants to major in engineering.  

Noraleen, ETW Rep and native has been instrumental in setting up one of many meet ups since we started programming in 2011 at Saint Gemma orphanage. Daryl another mentor of Francis will also be joining us.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Men of Color Are Assets

Highlighting Men of Color Services and Bussinesses in their Communities 2015
ETW @ BMe National Conference - Washington DC



Sunday, May 31, 2015

Detrick Manning, Internship and off to College

Detrick Manning, Encouraging The World Youth Ambassador off to his internship in DC for the summer. Then off to college in CA!
Doing big things!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

SOLD OUT!! ETW Youth Super Hero Training Workshop, ages 3-5 years old

Encouraging The World training young kids to be positive, creative and
sharpen their super hero powers.
1st workshop SOLD OUT at the Cheasapeake Arts Center in Maryland!!!
The parents were helpful and wanted their own class.

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!!