Our Leadership

Damion J. Cooper, Th.M.

Founder and Executive Director

Damion is the Founder and Executive Director of Project Pneuma. Damion uses his startling life’s story of being shot an inch above the heart at point-blank range by one of two gunmen to teach lessons of forgiveness, self-control, discipline and redemption via mentorship. While mentoring a young man in prison during his years in Seminary, he discovered that his mentee was the assailant who shot him years earlier. This inspired him to create Project Pneuma; a holistic program focused on forgiveness and curbing impulse actions in young African American males by teaching them yoga, mindfulness, breathing techniques, and martial arts. Project Pneuma also partners with the Baltimore City Police Department so that the young men and new officers can build bonds of trust, respect and cultural competencies.

 

Damion is a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.  He continued his education at Coppin State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing.  He has also attained a Master’s Degree in Theology from the United Baptist College and Seminary.

 

Damion is a certified Gang Awareness and Intervention Trainer through the Department of Juvenile Justice and trains with the Warlord’s Academy of Martial Arts. He is a 2014 BMe Leadership Award Recipient, 2016 Maryland Out of School Time (MOST) Emerging Leader, 2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Recipient, 2017 Champion of Courage Recipient and 2017 Warnock Foundation Social Innovation Fellow. Damion also served as a featured panelist for a national Civil Rights Initiative with the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture; which is to promote future-oriented and evidence-based approaches to addressing inequalities that impact historically marginalized groups in urban and metropolitan areas.

 

Damion and his children reside in Northwest Baltimore.

PNEUMA LEADERSHIP

Damien Myers MD, MPH

Chief Operating Officer
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Denzell Walker

Program Manager
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Doing the right thing,
at the right time.

15

SCHOOLS

100

VOLUNTEERS

47

CHILDREN

4

FOCUSES

 

ACADEMICS/TUTORING

Project Pneuma is committed to helping youth develop their minds, bodies and spirits in a healthy manner, ensuring their development into strong and successful adults.

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MARTIAL ARTS

Project Pneuma focuses on the extremely intense yet extremely honorable Martial Arts. The Martial Arts has a history of cultivating great men of integrity, respect, perseverance, honor and a warrior spirit of never giving up individually and as a team.

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YOGA/MINDFULNESS

Project Pneuma understands that many young African American boys struggle with impulse control, self-regulation of emotions, and maintaining focus.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING

Project Pneuma understands with time and practice, a child's will see improvement in their ability to communicate and an increased confidence as well.

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CULTURAL COMPETENCY

Project Pneuma wants to ensure that we give our boys every opportunity to experience everything that life has to offer. Practicing cultural competence throughout the program planning process ensures that pneuma boys will be represented and included in the community.

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PNEUMA WARRIOR TRAINING

Project Pneuma wants to ensure that we give our boys every opportunity to experience everything that life has to offer. Many inner city youth often don’t see beyond what they experience in their communities.

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