Coppin State students win BMe Leadership Award

Published Thursday, June 06th, 2013

Shawn Burnett and Cirron Greenidge recognized for their work

Shawn Burnett and Cirron Lanier Greenidge Recipients of BMe Leadership Award

by Tia Lewis

Congratulations are in order for Coppin State University students Shawn Burnett and Cirron Lanier Greenidge, winners of the 2013 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Initiative Leadership Award.

Burnett, founder and director of Walks of ART, and Greenidge, president and founder of Encouraging The World, were recognized by BMe for their organizations' community engagement, which inspires others and continues to make the community stronger.

“I am very grateful and thankful for being one of the men selected in Baltimore as a BME leadership and grant award recipient,” said Burnett. “The BMe award has helped me continue to offer my workshops to various youth throughout the city without worrying how they will be funded.”

Burnett, a nonprofit leadership major at Coppin, founded Walks of ART to fill the void between urban youth and the arts. The organization aims to bolster a sense of self in Baltimore youth by providing a forum for them to express themselves through drawing, painting, dancing, writing short stories and other activities. Walks of ART is supported by the city’s parks and recreation office, and has been recognized by the mayor and city council.

In addition, Greenidge's organization, Encouraging the World, was recognized for its work with orphans and indigenous youth for more than a dozen years. The organization aims to engage and inspire the next generation of Baltimore youth through acts of service. His project offers local students a year-long program that includes an international volunteer excursion and monthly volunteer projects in Baltimore. “The BMe 2013 Leadership Award reminds me, how dreams, perseverance, and faith equal reality,” Greenidge adds.

And because of the grant, Greenidge will be able to recruit ambassadors from city schools to educate and help them gain a heighten sense of purpose through international travel, learn life skills, character building and participate in community service projects.

Click here to learn more about the Black Male Engagement Initiative.