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Philip Ross
Executive Director | Bright Futures Atlanta | 404.799.1249 |

ATLANTA – “The motivation that they instilled in me, I try to instill in others.”
Those words aren’t ushered from the mouth of a wizened sage or a motivational speaker but from 21-year old Talaysha Ross.
The, “they” that Talaysha is referring to is BrightFutures Atlanta (BFA), a nonprofit organization that offers academic programs year-round for students in sixth through 12th grade and provides support for graduates as they enter into adulthood.

Bright Futures Atlanta (BFA) is hosting its annual Night of Impact fund-raiser Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 pm at The Fairmont in west Atlanta.

This year’s event is themed Real Life Direction, which ties into the organization’s mission to provide support beyond the classroom for Bright Futures students as they graduate from the school and enter into adulthood.

Located in west Atlanta, the organization focuses on providing educational, social and spiritual opportunities for the underserved youth of the city.

Those youth include young people like Talaysha who not only graduated from BFA, but is now a fourth-year student at Georgia State with a robust 3.4 GPA. She also works part-time at UPS and already has plans for after college: The U.S. Navy.

Talaysha entered BFA in sixth grade. She credits the program for shifting her priorities, focus and goals.

“BrightFutures gave me a different perspective on life,” she said. “I didn’t have any goals or aspirations because no one in my family was doing well, they motivated me and gave me a different perspective.”

BFA Executive Director Philip Ross – no relation – emphasized how The Night of Impact is important not to only introduce people to the organization’s mission, but to also kick off the giving season.

“This event is crucial to exposing people to the work of Bright Futures Atlanta and its year-round approach,” he said.

BFA was founded in 2002 with a vision to impact the underserved community of West Atlanta through a positive and sustainable support system, providing the means and motivation for youth to succeed in becoming self-sufficient, contributing adults.

For the past 18 years, Philip and Gail Ross have lived in the community and built deep relationships with youth and their families in West Atlanta, which includes Bankhead, Vine City, the Bluff and surrounding areas. They have developed a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by the youth and have developed highly effective programming to help them overcome the barriers they face to achieve a successful life filled with meaning and purpose.

Tickets are $200 per person or $1,900 for a table of ten.