A native of Baltimore / an organization that gives back after a near death experience

BALTIMORE, MD., November 29, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Founder and Executive Director of Project Pneuma, Damion J. Cooper, uses her inspiring life story of being shot over the heart at close range to teach City of Baltimore young life lessons. In 2014, Cooper created Project Pneuma, a holistic mentoring program that teaches BIPOC youth about the power of forgiveness, discipline and self-control in the aftermath of this terrible incident. Thanks to the organization, Cooper is now reaching students in Grades 4 through 8 using his hard-hitting story and techniques designed to put them on the right track.

Cooper grew up in Baltimore and dedicated to helping young people find hope and opportunity. He attended seminary, where by chance he found out that one of his mentees in a prison ministry program was actually the person who had shot him years earlier.

The Pneuma project seeks to give young men the tools to curb impulsive actions caused by trauma from negative childhood experiences. Cooper decided not only to “breathe new life” into his students, but also to partner with the City of Baltimore Police Department. The program helps build relationships of trust, respect and cultural competence between the community and law enforcement. Twice a week, the boys from Project Pneuma visit the Baltimore Police Academy and run programs with trainee officers.

Cooper is currently vice chairman of the Community Policing Committee Core Team which is directly responsible for rewriting the Baltimore Police department training curriculum, community policing plan and federally mandated consent decree emphasizing police and youth engagement.

“After I was shot I was emotionally and spiritually broken. At one point, I even considered killing myself,” Cooper said. “Thanks to the work I do now, if I can forgive the man who shot me, I can teach the boys to Baltimore that forgiveness and emotional wholeness is healing and real strength. “

The Pneuma Project “breathes new life” into the young men they serve by enabling them to begin their own journey on a path to positive change. The organization is a partner of more than 20 schools and works with more than a thousand boys. The core programming of the Pneuma project includes socio-emotional literacy, academic enrichment / tutoring, public speaking, fitness and more. While the boys are in school, Project Pneuma monitors their attendance, their reports and aims to reduce suspensions.

The West Baltimore Renaissance Foundation recently awarded the Pneuma Project a $ 150,000 to agree. The grant will allow Project Pneuma to sponsor 42 boys of three City of Baltimore Public schools. With the grant, Project Pneuma will be able to offer full and comprehensive services to boys for the first time, including mental health and world-class academic support. Other Project Pneuma partners include Under Armor, Sylvan Learning, and the Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation.

To learn more and support the work of Project Pneuma, follow @projectpneuma on Instagram, or visit https://projectpneuma.org/giving-tuesday/.

About the Pneuma project

Project Pneuma is a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides boys in grades 4 through 8 in Baltimore public schools the opportunity to develop through nine core programs, including socio-emotional literacy, academic enrichment and mindfulness training. The organization partners with the Baltimore City Police Department, several Baltimore City public schools, and has served more than 1,000 students in the Baltimore area. To learn more, visit https://projectpneuma.org.

Additional information on the Pneuma project, with images and videos can be found here.

Kelja Stevenson
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