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Odis Bellinger


Assistant Director, Matrix Human Services

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 mobilizational 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, and a MA in Counseling from Wayne State University, MI.

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 is also the founder of the Building Better Men program for males ages 6-18.  This program was founded in 1991.  This program is a school and community based leadership/mentoring program servicing various local/national school districts.  Bellinger is a published author of 2 books, “7 Steps to Promote The Success of Young African Males” and “100 Effective Strategies for Single Mothers Raising Black Boys”. Bellinger serve on local community organizations board of directors, and has received numerous community service awards.  He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated.