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Mission

To change the stereotypical narrative of young men in the inner city by enhancing their physical, social and ethical growth. We aspire to improve our community through regular community service projects and outreach programs.

Vision

To build a network of brotherhood, supporters and mentors that provides access to resources
and opportunities in a safe place that allows men to express themselves freely and authentically.

Belief 

We believe that every man should have work, a sound mind, a voice and freedom, this coincides with the pillars of our values, which makes the 4 corners of our square.

The Better Men Outreach

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     BMO was founded by Dongelo Moore and Isaac Nzoma in November, 2009. The founders are warriors who didn’t see fighting in this war as grabbing guns, chanting, protesting, getting rich or demonstrating.  These two brothers, from the west side of Detroit knew that the best way to fight in this war which had claimed so many of their friends and family, was to amend the following causalities; education, employment and legal services. If a man doesn’t know better, how can he do better? If a man can’t provide for himself or his family how can you tell him to put the guns and the drugs down? If a man is ducking the law how can he turn his life around? A criminal minded person can only transform his thinking after communing with positive men who builds his character and provides him with new opportunities. This program, this home and healing circle is The Better Men Outreach Program, available for any man who wants to be free of the imprisoning chains of ignorance. It is a home for the people who have limited spaces to express themselves and move forward. Like Fort Mose it is built for warriors ready to fight in a non-conventional way. BMO has taught young men for more than a decade to fight by way of leadership; empower yourself and then empower those around you with your knowledge, opportunities and resources. 

     After 11 years of service together Dongelo Moore and Isaac Nzoma decided to move in different directions. Although BMO continues the same mission both co-founders have launched their respective yet separate organizations using different tactics. From this expansion The Better Men Outreach Program was born. The BMO Program has decided to include different focuses as part of its foundational base. These focuses include youth services, higher levels of civic engagement, a program for women and conflict resolution. The conflict resolution aspect was most pivotal because it developed from the initial service. We teach that if men from different neighborhoods who don’t know one another can get along in a gym then there is no reason they shouldn’t get along in the streets. The only difference in our program as the streets is mentors and facilitators give members the opportunity to think and recognize for 30-60 seconds that the conflict is often times not about you, but about every struggle you face the man in front of you faces and you were his outlet. The foul was the straw that broke the camel’s back. If a man can create the habit of taking 30-60 seconds to recognize the conflict isn’t personal it is likely the problem would be resolved before it escalates.

 
 
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Dongelo Moore

Co-Founder/President

Executive Director, Co-Founder of Better Men Outreach, Conflict Resolution Instructor for BMO Job Corps Detroit. Detroit Henry Ford Graduate, BS in Political Science from Marygrove. 

Has a passion for outreach programs, civic engagement, mentoring and supporting local upstarting businesses.

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Deolis Allen

Youth Director Board Member

Youth Director, Academic Interventionist ELA/Educator

Detroit Cass Tech Graduate, BS in African American Studies and English Written Communication from Eastern Michigan. 

Currently working on a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Has a passion for writing, coaching and inner city youth prevention programs. 

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Sharvin Lee

Secretary 

Masters in Public Administration with a B.A in Public Policy

Data and Targeting Manager for Michigan Voice

Sharvin has a  passion for advancing communities of color and the New American Majority through education, training, and resources. She is experienced in working with policy makers and community organizers to drive change.

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Chanetra Edgerson

Treasurer 

 Detroit Native

*Henry Ford High School Graduate

*BS (Business Management/Human Resources: University of Phoenix)

*Patient Advocate

*Chanetra's passion is informing people of all the available resources and opportunities available to assist in achieving their optimal potential and goals

 

The integrity of our program is built on respect and that is held up by 4 pillars. The 1st pillar is employment opportunities/business launching. BMO uses its network of managers, friends and partnerships to offer employment opportunities for members. We are also open to supporting business and program ideas by assisting our members in launching their vision. The BMO Program recognizes that someone in economic crisis is likely to do what they deem as necessary to survive, which may include risky lifestyles. Consequently it is imperative we provide an alternative to criminality motivated by
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      Our 2nd pillar is education. We provide members with mentors who can assist them in filling out their FASFA information or in seeking other resources to get them in school. For members who choose an alternative route to college we provide counsel and support to enroll them in Job Corps or with a skilled tradesmen. Ignorance is often the sources of reckless behavior and a stunted view/paradigm. We teach that education is the expansion of view and a paradigm swing toward a growing mindset.
     The 3rd pillar of our square of respect is civic engagement. The BMO Program teaches that our voices should be expressed and heard to reveal the unity or gap between the people and our elected representatives. We have heard the complaints about lack of representation and we understand how it feels to believe one is disenfranchised from society. The BMO Program teaches that our votes count especially when electing judges, prosecutors, commissioners, etc., It is important to be aware of what candidates promote, how laws protect us, how laws work for and against us and what are the policies in the works. We also teach that it is every adult’s responsibility to understand the state of affairs in their neighborhood both socially and politically.

 

 

 

 

 

 


     Our final pillar is legal services. When a man or woman makes a mistakes we understand that they will serve a consequence but we do not see how cleaning up trash on the side of the road benefits or rectifies the mistake. We teach that most people who got involved in crime either did so out of economic necessity, emotional instability or ignorance. So we offer community service by way of coming
to our program to get resources, to express yourself, learn to be humble, learn to be teachable, to speak to people who have made the same mistakes and most importantly to further one’s development and build their leadership and confidence. A man or woman constantly in trouble with the law is unlikely to become productive, so we seek to amend legal troubles by mentoring and community service.

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BMO Jr is a prevention program created from the 7 Points Ascension Rites of Passage, James Ngare’s intervention strategies at Henry Ford High School and Better Men Outreach’s format. BMO Jr. targets young men in grades 6-9. We recognize that these are very vital times for adolescent males. Basketball is a tool to instill life lessons such as leadership, accountability and communication. In our first season in 2017 we lost our 1st 6 games. By the end of the season we went on a 10-1 winning streak and were crowned Champions. Since then we have gone on to place 2nd in tournaments with MWA, TLC2 and Coach D’s Elite league at Bradford. In the Fall of 2019 BMO Jr “Crusaders” were crowned champions. Since the Covid-19 pandemic we halted official operations in March of 2020. BMO Jr. will relaunch in the Spring of 2021 in alignment with the state of Michigan’s regulations.

BMO Jr’s learn:

1.) Every loss is not a defeat and every win is not a victory. Most of our losses are lessons to help us find victory tomorrow. Many of our wins are only stepping stones to a successful victory. 

2.) We also instruct our youth to play as a team and choose your friends wisely. Playing as a team means executing your role and communicating properly. A team that communicates is a team that finds victory.  In society good, diction and an articulate man is usually a successful man.

3.) Stick to the game plan as you should stick to your life goals. As long as you are focused on your goals and plan you won’t be distracted or trapped by other people’s plans.  

4.) Every play is an opportunity to execute toward a win just as every day is an opportunity to build your life long victory.

5.) Effort and dedicated determination builds skill and tenacity.  Effort, dedication, determination, skill and tenacity are often times capable of overcoming anything.

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The conflict resolution program aspect was most pivotal because it developed from the initial outreach service. We teach that if men from different neighborhoods who don’t know one another can get along in a gym then there is no reason they shouldn’t get along in the streets. The only difference in our program as the streets is mentors and facilitators give members the opportunity to think and recognize for 30-60 seconds that the conflict is often times not about you, but about every struggle you face before the conflict. The man in front of you is an outlet to that pain, the foul was the straw that broke the camel’s back. If a man can create the habit of taking 30-60 seconds to recognize the conflict isn’t personal it is likely the problem would be resolved before it escalates.

 

In 2017 Better Men Outreach built a partnership with Detroit Job Corps. We created a 12 week curriculum implemented by our Executive Director Dongelo Moore. The conflict resolution class was so powerful that Detroit Job Corps made it a requirement for graduation. More than 1,000 young men and women took the course and have since graduated. As a part of the Job Corps partnership we often provided part time job for students who weren’t interested in playing basketball. 

BMO Jr’s learn:

1.) Every loss is not a defeat and every win is not a victory. Most of our losses are lessons to help us find victory tomorrow. Many of our wins are only stepping stones to a successful victory. 

2.) We also instruct our youth to play as a team and choose your friends wisely. Playing as a team means executing your role and communicating properly. A team that communicates is a team that finds victory.  In society good, diction and an articulate man is usually a successful man.

3.) Stick to the game plan as you should stick to your life goals. As long as you are focused on your goals and plan you won’t be distracted or trapped by other people’s plans.  

4.) Every play is an opportunity to execute toward a win just as every day is an opportunity to build your life long victory.

5.) Effort and dedicated determination builds skill and tenacity.  Effort, dedication, determination, skill and tenacity are often times capable of overcoming anything.

Our Civic Engagement aspect is a very vital part of our outreach to the community. The leadership of The BMO Program recognizes that the average citizen is working or in school or tied down to every day responsibilities and may lack the time to study what is going on in the world of government. As leaders in the community we believe it is our responsibility to educate the community as to what is happening in their language and terms. The BMO Program teaches that our voices should be expressed and heard.

All of our members are required to register to vote. We believe in the idea of being judged by peers and the only way to get called for jury duty is to be a registered voter. We have heard the complaints about lack of representation, legislation and disenfranchisement. Because we operate out of a growth mind set we teach our members to take proactive steps and educate ourselves on current topics, proposals and issues. The Better Men Outreach Program has been registering voters since 2017. Our voter registration drives takes place at college campuses, our sites, on the streets at gas stations and liquor stores. We go where the non-registered voters are at. Since 2017 we have registered more than 10,000 voters. Members of The BMO Program also hit 45,000 doors to educate the public on the Census. It is not up to us to tell you what to do but we believe it is our responsibility to inform you about what is going on. 

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