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With seed funding from The Schenectady Foundation, BDO was created in 2014, by local leaders, school officials, and entrepreneurs. These founding individuals saw the opportunity and need to address the serious challenges male youth are facing in school and in their communities. Using a Logic Model, BDO has created, implemented, and hosted annual conferences, weekly groups, and monthly events for primarily for primarily the middle school male. The impact of the activities are focused on supporting young men to discover that they have the ability to succeed in their communities (homes, classrooms, and neighborhoods). BDO exists to help young men realize their place in community and society.

Meet Our Board


Dennis Green

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time.  We are the ones we've been waiting for.  We are the change that we seek." - Barack Obama


Ebony Belmar

“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” Socrates


Johan Matthews


Cecil Belmar

​"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light." - Helen Keller

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Josh Bate

"Do not quench your thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of violence and hatred." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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