Building Better Men
The Building Better Men Program (BBM) was started in 1991 by Odis Bellinger and founded on the principle that young men can be successful despite challenges associated with absent fathers. Their goal is to enable young men to become productive members of society.
This goal is accomplished with small reading groups, interactive group workshops, individual counseling, relevant participant role-play, male encouragement conferences, educational collegiate tours, and recreational field trips. These components of the program teach social and personal responsibility, decision-making, leadership skills, critical thinking and literacy skills.
In response to the COVID-19 crisis BBM is offering:
- Virtual education and mentorship in the form of a new educational book every two weeks and regular virtual meetings to discuss the books.
- Individual mental health counseling that addresses the stresses the young men and their families face during the pandemic.
- Continual food security for the young men and their families
- Virtual physical fitness classes
D2N initiated relocating BBM to the S.A.Y. Detroit Play Center, where the two programs collaborate. D2N supports the further development of BBM's business model as they continue to grow and extend their reach to more and more young men.