Who We Are
To create a social movement of preteen influencers who employ creativity, understanding, morality, in every aspect of life. We emphasize empathy
and compassion while creating innovative projects that have the potential to change the world.
Bright Future’s vision includes facilitating an international movement for creating
a world where children and adults are inspired to embody the positive qualities of empathy, respect, inclusion and kindness in their actions toward others.
We create projects that give children an opportunity to imagine ordinary ideas in a new
way so they can concentrate on morality and inspire others to do the same.
HOW WE MAKE IT HAPPEN
Bright Future International, is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to solving global challenges through education and enrichment programs that inspire children and the adults around them. We believe that the biggest problems in the world can only be solved by empowering youth mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Through our efforts in building a better future, we enable our students to practice what they've learned and use those skills in the world.
Our founders, Anthony & Natalie Melikhov, help provide our team with the necessary tools and knowledge for success.Read more
WHAT WE DO
Bright Future International and the Oleg Mityaev Foundation launched the Bright Future Studio in Chelyabinsk, Russia under the All For Children Association. The program was designed to give children from low-income homes, single parent families, foster homes, physical challenges, and below-standard environments a chance for successful socialization and personal growth. Bright Future Studio's mission allows children discover and develop their talents in various fields of art and learn qualities of character including, generosity, kindness, tolerance, helpfulness, teamwork and responsibility. A complex educational program was created to fulfill the Studio's mission. The leading aspect of the program is character development which differs...Read more
Bright Future International partnered with the Oleg Mityaev Foundation to create the All For Children Association. This international alliance of teachers and educators aims to help children who find themselves in difficult situations. The Association exists as a social union of individuals who want to make a difference and is not a legal entity of the group. The Let's Give Children All We've Got! Association uses Bright Future Studio's complex educational program and model to achieve its mission on an international level. By working with educators all over the world, children everywhere can learn the qualities of generosity, kindness, responsibility, and...Read more
In 2014, Bright Future International and Brighton Ballet Theater designed the Junior Ambassadors Program to give a key group of youths including, immigrants, minorities, and those from low-income families, the opportunity to learn dance by participating in the program. Founded in 1987, Brighton Ballet Theater is a non-profit organization located in the heart of the Russian-American Cultural District of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, New York. Combining skills and experience with the Vaganova Method, founders Irina Roizin, Rona and Galina Rybak, created a unique program designed to nurture the development of physical and mental health in children. Since first opening its doors in...Read more
Gift of Art New York is proud to bring the BFI/Unite4Good message and mission to students in New York with a program of art activities within a supportive learning environment that emphasizes tolerance, cooperation and sharing....Read more
Move This World is a non-profit emphasizing the education in empathy on a global scale. Their program prevents violence and bullying, and transforms conflict in schools and communities through creative expression. Its sequential curricular and training programs empower educators, caregivers, and youth to be ambassadors for civic engagement and peaceful action in their communities. Founded in 2007, Move This World helps people understand, engage, express and manage their emotions healthily. With the support from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and the Collaborative of Academic and Social Emotional Learning, Move This World creates programs that have a solid grounding...Read more
In 2011, Bright Future International launched a program with the indigenous community of the Quebrada Negra Village, in Panama’s Chiriqui province. BFI’s goal was to instill hope in the community by providing its inhabitants with essential resources, while simultaneously supporting children’s primary and secondary needs through educational programs. Its aim was to create a program that supported a variety of initiatives within the isolated community. BFI’s staff designed a core curriculum teaching its tenets the concepts of compassion and promoting good to reach the maximum number of new participants. Bright Future International's goal was to give hope for the future of...Read more
In 2012, BFI partnered with Heshima Kenya and provided enrichment programs for young refugee women and children at the Heshima Kenya Safe House in Nairobi. Heshima Kenya is the first organization in Nairobi dedicated to protecting and empowering refugee children and youth, who lost their families and have been displaced by war. Using a holistic model that is tailored to meet individualized needs, the program provides education, shelter, case management and outreach services for more than 250 girls. Heshima Kenya's program works to protect, nurture, educate, empower, and provide a foundation for economic independence with the goal of making it easy...Read more
With support from Bright Future International, Kids Creative renewed its programming at Public School 102 in Brooklyn, NY, offering unique arts experiences....Read more
CHABHA, a non-profit organization that raises funds for community-based organizations in Africa, collaborated with BFI to create programs supporting children affected by HIV/AIDS. The organization has helped more than 3,000 children in Rwanda, Burundi, Namibia and South Africa and raised more than one million dollars to support these projects. There are 14.8 million orphans because of AIDS in Africa, most of whom do not receive the kind of help CHABHA's children do. Beyond providing school fees, health costs, and vocational education, Bright Future International and CHABHA offer activities such as home visits, gatherings, and life skills workshops while simultaneously creating a...Read more
On June 3, 2012, Bright Future International hosted its first Generation to Generation Festival in Morton Grove, Illinois in honor of International Children’s Day. The community event welcomed over 6,000 guests for an exciting day of family fun, food, and games. The festival was free and open to the public and hosted a variety of festivities for all generations. Some of the attractions for children and adults included; a petting zoo, carousels, mini trains, moonwalks, pony rides, clowns, illusionists, face painting, and much more. Families enjoyed performances by the Jesse White Tumblers and several other acclaimed artists who played throughout the...Read more
Dobro.ru spearheads many of Bright Future International’s efforts in Russia. Through Dobro.ru BFI identifies Not For Profits (NFPs) and volunteer organizations located in different regions throughout the country and provides financial, strategic and operational support tor the most deserving. To accomplish this goal, Dobro.ru has created a unified database of NFPs and volunteer organizations currently operating in the territory of the Russian Federation. Program administrators in the regions of Volga and Ural are invited to submit funding request proposals for their community-based projects. Initially, nine projects were selected to receive grants, and the initiative was launched through a host of celebrity...Read more
In 2012 Bright Future International partnered with the Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI) to create an array of peacebuilding programs, initiatives, and campaigns to foster peace and reconciliation in disadvantaged and fragile communities in the different regions of the world, including Africa, Latin America, and the United States. ...Read more
Kind words from people
“I believe in the integrity of human beings and the respect that they deserve, and the chances they need to have. But more than that I believe that we have our talents in sharing them for a good cause. Because all people are connected. The creative process - that's what gives you the choices. And good causes - that's what
Gloria Venty Middle school studentRenee Spivak Parent“My children would come home and tell us all about the acts of kindness that were happening at BFI Edutainment Lab. They shared such excitement that I starting doing acts of kindness in the community." ...Nora C. MA“They are very consistent in their pick-ups. It’s very easy to arrange and I know that the things I donate will not be wasted and any money raised goes to a good cause.”...“The best part of Edutainment Lab is, without a doubt, the kids – their smiles, their ideas, and their maturity. I work here to help the kids discover their talents and direct them to share that with people and other children. Yet I always finish my workshop with a renewed sense of hope and life, which comes from the kids. Helen Brown Teacher