As founder and director of Building Better Men, Odis does more than talk with boys. With more than 20 years of hands on experience in mentoring and counseling, he’s committed to inspiring Black boys to think pass their circumstances. His programs are absurdly useful and effective. He’s earned his position as strategist, speaker, coach and father figure. No matter what role he’s in, his goal is simple, to empower boys by creating thought provoking programs that instill leadership qualities.
Growing up fatherless is a struggle far too many of our young boys and girls face today. Angry, resentful, confused, uncertain and often unmotivated, the youth of Metro Detroit are desperate for guidance. Odis Bellinger was once one of those children. He credits his success to two people who refused to give up on him, no matter how hard he pushed them away. Now a successful author, community leader and motivational speaker, Bellinger continues to ask one question: “How do I Build a Better Man?”
A lifelong Detroiter and graduate of Benedictine High School, Bellinger holds a BA in Communications from Fayetteville State University, NC, a MA in Rehabilitation Counseling and Community Inclusion from Wayne State University, MI, and a post-graduate certificate in Social Service Administration. It was the combination of his own experience and education that drove Bellinger to his life’s calling – building better men. Bellinger is the Director/Founder of the Building Better Men Program, an organization that seeks out males age 8-17 to bring value and positive change one young man at a time. It is Bellinger’s hope that by changing the life of one, he will change the lives of many.
Odis Bellinger has completed extensive research on conflict resolution, violence prevention techniques and socio-economic issues affecting youth and young adults, primarily African-American males. He conducts workshops and trainings focusing primarily on building African American male development and leadership skills. He has been recognized by local and national media outlets for his efforts related to his community work within the urban community. Most recently, he was awarded the 2017 Detroit News Michiganian of the Year honor for his long-time community involvement.
2018-Skillman Foundation-Named to 50 people who represent the Heart of Detroit list.
2018-National Black MBA Association- Community Service Leader of the Year
2017 Michigander of the Year - Detroit News
2016 Campaign for Black Male Achievement Fellowship Award
2016 Quicken Loans “Thank You” Detroit Award
2015 Presidential/White House Community Volunteer Service Award
2015 “Black Teachers Rock” National Conference Presenter
2014 Black Male Engagement Award Winner (Bmecommunities.org)
2013 National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) Conference Workshop Presenspantrong>
2012 National Association of Black School Educators Workshop Presenter
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated
Rehabilitation Counseling & Community Inclusion
Social Service Administration
Bachelor of Arts
UAW/Ford Black History Community Award, 2017
National Black MBA Association Community Innovator Award, 2018
Detroit News Michiganian of the Year Award, 2017
Keynote speaker at Department of Labor, Detroit Job Corps Commencement
Moderator along with Roland Martin at the National Association of Black Journalist "Black Males in the Media" Conference
With Actor & Author Kim Coles
Civil Rights Icon & Comedian Dick Gregory (R.I.P.)
Parental Mobilization Graduation at the Payne Pulliam Workforce Development Center
Wayne State University Male Conference
Oakland Community College Male Youth Empowerment Conference
Wayne County Community College Keynote Speaker