Our Program


Chess Club
Advanced level/at least – Sundays at 11 am

Beginners level – Sundays at 12 pm

The game of chess helps young people learn to concentrate, think

logically, overcome obstacles, spot patterns and categorize

It helps with the development of problem-solving skills, planning,
patience, focus of thought and self-discipline.
Chess is a competitive activity, but, good sportsmanship and fair play
are taught as essential elements of the game.
Chess is a one-against-one activity; however, teamwork is also an
important element. This element comes into play when Club
members must practice and work on problems together.

Price based on 8 sessions – $15/one 45 min session and $25 yearly registration fee for a new students

November 13, 2016 to January 8, 2017
11:05 am – 12:05 pm



Bright Future International welcomes the support of volunteers from around the globe. We believe that in order to create a better world for our children, we must as individuals, realize you will benefit yourself most by helping others. We hope to make altruism a modern necessity, so more people become interested in participating in selfless acts – where people volunteer and donate their time not because they have to, but simply because they feel compelled to.

If you are interested in becoming an event, program or general Bright Future International Volunteer, contact us 224.676.1529 or you can email your resume to: info@usabfi.org (include “Volunteer Opportunity” in subject line).


You may also want to join our Ambassador Network – an alliance of diverse individuals who posses virtues that mirror Bright Future’s core values and principles. Participants will share in Bright Future’s overarching goal to foster an environment of empathy, love, compassion, and perpetual hope. The program unites individuals regardless of race, sex, creed, and financial status who want to give back to humanity by participating in charitable causes, doing good deeds, volunteering, and working with children so they grow up with the hope of a bright future.

To receive more information about the Bright Future Ambassadors program, click here or visit www.BrightFutureAmbassadors.org


Anthony Melikhov
Chairman & Founder
Anthony Samuel Melikhov was born in Minsk, Belarus in 1963 and moved with his family to the United States in 1989 to pursue a better life. In 1992, he founded Sagmel Inc., an over-the-counter pharmaceutical company, headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois.

In 2008, after many years of serving as President of what had become a multi-million dollar company, Anthony and his partners made the decision to sell their vested interest to Bayer AG. Anthony based his decision on a personal calling and overwhelming feeling to evaluate his path in life, striving for the pursuit of inner happiness and peace. This compelling feeling led him to want to do more for the world around him, thus establishing Bright Future.

Maya Gumirov, NCC, LPC
Maya Gumirov came to the Unites States from Russia, as a refugee in 1995. With her extensive expertise as a print and television journalist, she started to work for a Russian newspaper in Chicago, two weeks after immigrating to the Unites States. A year later, her knowledge of the Russian community was noticed by HIAS Chicago, the oldest immigration agency in Illinois, and she was hired as a media and community outreach coordinator. Maya has been involved in working with immigrants and refugees from around the globe for more than 15 years – helping them adjust in a new country. After completing a Master degree in Community Counseling (Illinois School of Professional Psychology) and passing the licensure exam, she began working as a psychotherapist. Maya’s special passion is to educate children about Holocaust and Remembrance. She conducts Commemorations for Holocaust survivors and World War II veterans and their families – connecting generations, educating and healing.

Dr. Andrew Ivanchenko
Andrew Ivanchenko, M.D. is a board certified, family practice physician whose primary focus is muscular and joint pain. Dr. Ivanchenko graduated from Saratov Medical University in 1985 and is a Healthgrades© Recognized Physician.

David Loewenguth
David Loewenguth is the Executive Director of Bright Future’s partner program, CHABHA (Children Affected by HIV/AIDS). This program raises funds for grassroots projects in Rwanda and Burundi that care for orphans and other children affected by HIV/AIDS. The community-based organizations are led by young adults who believe in fostering an environment of care and compassion to children who delight in helping young children. Older children learn trades in CHABHA’s Project Independence.

Sara Potler
Sara Potler LaHayne is the Founder & CEO of Move This World, (MTW) a global nonprofit that uses creative movement to discourage conflict, violence and bullying in local communities around the world. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Sara is a Global Shaper with the World Economic Forum; an American Express Emerging Innovator; a Cordes Fellow with the Opportunity Collaboration; a Peace X Peace 2012 Women, Power, & Peace Award Winner (Generation Peace Award); the only U.S. recipient of the Youth Leader Award by the Inter-American Development Bank Annual Board of Governors Meeting; an Ashoka Activating Empathy Award Winner; a two-time Beyond Sport Award Finalist; a StartingBloc Fellow; a Finalist Nominee Social Entrepreneur/Innovator for the Women’s Information Network 18th Annual Young Women of Achievement Award; 1 of 3 Artists Transforming the World by the Arts and Healing Network; a Susan Schiffer Stautberg Leadership Fellow. She has been featured in Forbes, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Carnegie Council’s Policy Innovations, Americans for the Arts, Ashoka, El Tiempo, Unrest Magazine, Rising Pyramid, Whole Living Magazine, Martha Stewart Radio on SiriusXM,and the International Platform on Sport and Peace, among others.

Karen Lodygowski
Secretary of the Board
Karen M Lodygowski currently serves as Controller for Bright Future International. Ms. Lodygowski found her way to Bright Future International in 2012 after pursing volunteer opportunities for several charities. Her volunteer work not only put her on the path to rediscovering her life-long passion for helping people, but also provided a perfect opportunity to apply her background and talents in ways that benefited the greater good (Karen holds several degrees in the Arts & Design). In high school she started workingin the nonprofit sector and that tapped into her love for making a positive difference. And, although she experienced genuine fulfillment and joy in that position which she held into her college years, she thought she had to a get a “grown up” job and thus ventured off into the corporate world. Before following her heart and returning to the nonprofit world, she served as a Director of Operations, a Principle owner of a boutique kitchen design firm, an office manager, a project manager a lead designer and an all-around organization guru. All of Karen’s experiences both within the profit and nonprofit sectors, and as a mother to an awesome son, helped her to the realization that working in a nonprofit is THE “grown up” job.

Ryan Hampton
Ryan Hampton is a founding partner of a full service strategic fundraising and public relations firm. Ryan’s work with nonprofit organizations, governments, NGOs, and political campaigns over the years has raised tens of millions of dollars for different causes. He has experience in fundraising, community outreach, leadership development, legislation and political consulting. Ryan is an alumni of the Clinton/Gore administration having served in the White House as an assistant to the Vice President. Additionally, he has worked with the Democratic National Committee, Florida Democratic Party, former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno,the William Jefferson Clinton Foundation, Obama for America, as well as numerous members of Congress, the Senate, and Governors across the country. He attended Marymount University and is certified by various institutions including M.I.T. and Harvard University.

Andrew Richmond
Andrew Richmond, a veteran in-house licensing attorney with over 19 years of industry experience, founded Richmond Management Group in 2003. In founding RMG, Andy’s goal was to assist companies that did not require fulltime licensing counsel by providing top-flight legal representation on an as-needed, basis. Andy possesses unique licensing industry knowledge having represented both the licensed property (licensor) and manufacturer (licensee). Few attorneys have firsthand experience from both sides of the negotiation table and this perspective enables Andy to forge workable, legally-compliant documents in a professional and time effective manner

Andy received his BA in English and American Government from Franklin & Marshall College and his JD from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Geneva Wasserman
Geneva Wasserman is a seasoned entertainment professional and intellectual property licensing attorney, currently leading the commercial division of Invision by the Associated Press in the role of Director of Business Development. Her skills include intellectual property licensing, talent management, public and media relations, business affairs and business development. She is the proud mother of two children and resides in Los Angeles with her husband Adam.


Wilmer Valderama
Wilmer Valderrama, best known as ‘Fez’ on That’s 70’s Show, has produced, directed, written, hosted & acted in a number of film and television projects; Wilmer was most recently seen in: NBC’s Awake, Larry Crowne, The Dry Land, From Prada to Nada, and is the iconic voice of ‘Manny’ on Disney’s Handy Manny. He also serves as the spokesperson for CHCI, Environmental Media Association Board Member, and Co-Chair for VotoLatino.

Forest Whitaker
Forest Steven Whitaker is an American actor, producer, and director. He has earned a reputation for intensive character study work for films such as Bird and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and for his recurring role as ex-LAPD Lieutenant Jon Kavanaugh on the award-winning television series, The Shield. Whitaker won an Academy Award for his performance as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in the 2006 film The Last King of Scotland. In June 2011 Whitaker was inducted as a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador For Peace and Reconciliation. He is currently serving as the Founder and President of the PeacEarth Project – a not-for-profit organization with an international scope and reach to help societies affected by conflicts and violence transform into safe and productive communities.

Secretary of State Jesse White
Jesse Clark White is a Democratic American politician. He is currently the 37th and second-longest serving Secretary of State of Illinois, after James A. Rose, and the first African American to hold this position. White was born in Alton, Illinois.

Our Team

Anthony and Natalie Melikhov are entrepreneurs, global philanthropists, and the co-founders of unite4:good LLC. They’ve individually devoted their lives to making their communities a better place, and together, now focus their efforts on building a global culture that embodies the values of kindness and compassion. Utilizing networks of social influencers, governments, world leaders, and businesses, the Melikhovs are working to change the signal of our entire culture and economy from negative to positive.

Anthony and Natalie are also the driving forces behind many other philanthropic ventures, including Bright Future International (BFI), DoMore4:Good (DM4G), BFI Curriculum for the Children of Quebrada Negra, BFI and Brighton Ballet Theater Company (BBT) Junior Ambassador Program, and the Children Affected By HIV/AIDS (CHABHA) After School Program. Through their various endeavors, they also host numerous charitable events to highlight the heroes of the social good movement, such as unite4:humanity, Day of Unity Miami, Variety’s Power of Women, unite4:good Presents Behind the Curtain Project, USIN Celebrations 2013, and much more.

The Melikhovs have invested substantially in people and technologies that inspire positivity and make changes which impact millions of lives and our world. Through private non-profit 501c (3)’s, Bright Future International (BFI) and DoMore4:Good, along with contributions made through unite4:good, the Melikhovs have provided grants, program funding, and event support to help those who are trying to help the world.

Anthony & Natalie’s philanthropic impact:

Over 5,000,000 individuals positively impacted through programs provided by Bright Future International
Over 4.6 million individuals benefited through partner and founding affiliate nonprofit organizations
Health, Food, and Welfare: 35,000 young people and adults have access to comprehensive care and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Support of 104 food banks equating to 14.5 million meals
Children, Teens, and Youth Education: supported 3.9 million active kids, trained 1.2 million teen leaders, benefitted over 10,000 students, and 6,516,545 kids and youths around the world
Communities, Families, Parents, Adults: Supported 4,000 communities across the world, 500 families as well as over 96 million directly indirectly and impacted individuals, and inspired countless Acts of Kindness (AoK)
Farms, Emissions, Animal Welfare: Reduced 33,500 tons of greenhouse emissions, created and support 105,000 farms in Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, rescue 269 dogs per year and rally over ONE MILLION Volunteers per year

Bright Future International is lead by a core team of visionaries who hail from all parts of the globe. Together, we have decades of combined experience in the non-profit and philanthropic world. We are…

Natalie is the President and Chairman of the Board of Bright Future International, and President and Publisher of Unite4:Good Magazine.

Originally hailing from Ukraine, Mrs. Melikhov’s life and career have exposed her to many far-reaching parts of the world and informed her beliefs in the role cross-cultural collaboration has in making the world a better place. As President of Bright Future International, Natalie has worked with the fundamental principles of how to create and sustain a positive cultural eco-system, and empower youth to create one around them as well. Unite4:Good Magazine is an extension of this work, reshaping the media into an active landscape that shines a spotlight on the everyday heroes of the world. With Anthony, Natalie’s vision has extended to other nonprofit organizations, including DoMore4:Good (DM4G), BFI Curriculum for the Children of Quebrada Negra, BFI and Brighton Ballet Theater Company (BBT) Junior Ambassador Program, and the Children Affected By HIV/AIDS (CHABHA) After School Program. Through their various endeavors, they also host numerous charitable events to highlight the heroes of the social good movement, such as unite4:humanity, Day of Unity Miami, Variety’s Power of Women, unite4:good Presents Behind the Curtain Project, USIN Celebrations 2013, and much more.


I know how to make the impossible possible. I have an SEO, Social Psychology, Media, and Big Event Organizing background. I love people, but especially kids because of their kindness, creativity, and love for them are natural.


Master of Journalism at the National University of Uzbekistan; Master of Law, Master of Psychology, & MBA at Lomonosov Moscow State University


I love the coordination and managing all aspects of an ongoing program which includes creating, planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling program activities for the overall success of the Organization. We want today’s children to grow up in a world better than our current one. While headlines often focus on what’s wrong, in many ways, the world is changing for the better. Health is improving, poverty is shrinking, knowledge is growing, people are connecting, and there are technological advances in every field which means life can be drastically better than it is today. We will do our part to make this happen because we have a moral responsibility to all children in the next generation.


Psychologist and Actress with a passion for teaching kids to experiment with new forms of art and become good actors and philanthropists.


Music College, College of Medicine (Grodno, Belarus), LCSW, Oakton Community College


Love what we do and want to involve children and adults to enter our programs and become part of our movement. We are passionate about our work in influencing people to succeed.


Designer, Office Manager, Organization Guru, and NFP Enthusiast who loves helping people make a difference.


Several Degrees in Art & Design


We’re dedicated to inspiring and encouraging individuals and communities to create a global environment based on the core values of empathy, respect, inclusion, and kindness toward others.

Bright Future Studio (Chelyabinsk)

In 2011, 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 families, physical challenges, and below-standard environments a chance for successful socialization and personal growth.

Within the first 3 months of the program, 45 children participated in 21 vocal classes, 19 classes of English and 8 classes of the ethics and esthetics. Since the program’s inception there have been distinct improvements in the children’s development, as well as in the relationships of their families – one of the primary goals of the team of teachers.

The students attend social development activities such as theater (“Pinocchio” and “The Golden Rooster”) and concert performances (Daniel Kramer & Vadim Eilenkrig, Valitov, Krill Paleolog and Vladimir Sheremetyev). Additionally, students had the opportunity to meet the world famous astronauts, Georgiy Grechko and Maxim Surayev from the Oleg Mityaev Foundation project named “The Bright Past.”

The studio strives to achieve three main objectives:

To build character development and teaching positive values such as generosity, kindness, tolerance, helpfulness, teamwork, and responsibility through a comprehensive arts and education driven curriculum.
To create a team of like-minded individuals who will effectively facilitate the educational process by enlisting teachers whose professional views and life-outlook adhere to the standards necessary for carrying out the program priorities.
To develop strategic partnerships with social partners who share the program’s ideas and values. The main focus is educational institutions that have teaching licenses, and can become the facilities in which similar projects operate.

The studio is comprised of two groups of learning: Vocal and Performing Arts. Each group has 50 children enrolled at all times and the children have to be primary or middle school students. The children are grouped by their school class schedules and individual development rate.

Achievement rates amongst the students are evaluated by their improvement in the following categories:

Displaying personal integrity and a sense of purpose.
The will to say “no” to temptations that can hinder their life’s potential or the lives of those around them.
Treating all people as equal regardless of race, age, social background or economical status.
Willingness to reach out to those in need.
Keeping a positive attitude toward any and all of life’s circumstances.
Believing in the power of good.
Responsibility for their actions.
Willingness to ask for forgiveness and to forgive.
Understanding principles of working within a team in harmony.
Respecting their elders.
The importance of caring for the environment.
Knowledge of worldly arts and culture.
Capacity to show what they learned in the program to others by example.
As the program grows, the teachers and administrators continue to expand service levels and areas of need to provide educational and artistic lessons that will benefit children. In 2012 and 2013, an association of 50 educators will come together and create a network of teachers who will collaborate on methods to improve social and educational skills amongst children.

Meet Danny. Danny is a young boy who joined the Bright Future Studio with cerebral palsy and issues with low self-esteem. Though the program creates an environment of total group inclusion of all activities, Danny was reluctant to participate and would often use his challenges to cover up for failures, even if they weren’t of a physical nature. This all changed when the studio instructors took the children on the “Positive Energy Camp” field trip. In the first few days of the camp, Danny seemed a bit lost but remained positive as he watched the other children participate in various physically challenging activities. Specifically, Danny observed as the other kids participated in a “Through the Trees” obstacle course and though his interest was indeed piqued, he didn’t know whether he should try it or not. Noticing Danny’s excitement in seeing the other children completing the course, Jesse (program teacher and counselor) asked him if he wanted to try, Danny excitedly agreed. Jesse helped him with the safety harness and got him started. It was hard at first for Danny to keep his balance on the ropes and make it through the hurdles and even got tangled a couple of times, however after receiving the encouragement from Jesse and the other teachers, Danny resolved to not give up and continue to try. And after getting over his fears and a few tries, Danny completed t