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Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited

About Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited

Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU) is a not-for-profit organization that promotes prevention education and safe, healthy activities for the youth in our community. Our ongoing purpose is to prevent drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviors among young people residing in the Town of Bethlehem or attending school in the Bethlehem Central School District. To help meet these goals, BOU awards grants for a wide variety of initiatives targeting students, parents, younger children and the community. BOU also collaborates with other organizations such as Student Senate and Bethlehem Parks and Recreation to promote healthy youth development. To learn more about BOU or join our Board, please contact the BOU Board (boubethlehem@gmail.com). Donations can be made by check payable to “BOU” and mailed to BOU, PO Box 492, Delmar NY 12054. BOU is a 501(c) (3) organization.

List of Events

  • Talking with Your Teen – Thursday, November 2, 2017
    BCHS Cafeteria, start at 7 p.m.
  • 6th Annual Community Spelling Bee – Thursday, March 1, 2018
    (Snow date: Tuesday, March 6)
    BCHS Cafeteria and LMC, starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Life After BC – Monday, June 4, 2018
    BCHS Room G-100, starting at 7 p.m. (See below)

Life After BC – Monday, June 4

Bethlehem Opportunities Unlimited (BOU) is sponsoring “Life After BC” on Monday, June 4, 2018 at 7 p.m. in Room G-100 at Bethlehem Central High School.  

Now is the time to attend “Life After BC” to find out about college life and other options and get those questions answered!  The panel discussion and question/answer session will feature recent BC grads sharing their insights into college academic, residential and social life, sports, extracurricular activities and more.  BOU hopes that this useful information will help you and your parents when finalizing your college choice as well as to prepare you for what to expect in the first years of college.

This event is most appropriate for juniors and seniors and their parents/guardians, but all are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the event and the panel participants will be available to speak informally with you.

Please click here for a PDF of the flyer and event details. Hope to see you there!  


BOU Spelling Bee – Thursday, March 1photo of BOU flyer

Save the date for BOU’s 6th annual community spelling bee! Thursday, March 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. in the BCHS cafeteria (snow date: Thursday, March 8). 
Keep your eye on this page for updates on our raffle baskets and silent auction items. Hope to see you there!

Grants & Activities

Anyone can apply for grant funding. Most applications are developed by parent organizations, collaborations of District staff, or community groups. Grant application forms can be obtained by clicking below. Submit completed grant applications to bougrants@gmail.com. Applications are reviewed by the BOU Board for consistency with goals, cost-effectiveness, and available alternative funding.

Below are grants that were awarded in the 2014-2015 school year:

  • BC Physical Education Dept. Color Dash 5K
  • BCMS Costume Ball
  • Bethlehem Youth Court Training
  • BCHS Girls Night Out
  • BC Kids Vote Too
  • 5th Grade “Survivor” Day at Town Park
  • Bethlehem Senior Celebration

two yellow note padsSupporting BOU, “Memo to School” Pads for Sale

“Memo to School Pads” are for sale for $3 in the main offices of all BC schools or at any BOU event. Individual donations, fundraising events and these sales benefit the BOU’s youth activities and prevention education programs.