Benjamin C. Graham - Founder
It’s no surprise that Benjamin has a love for music that has lasted for over 30 years. Benjamin began playing classical music on the string bass at the age of 12 and the trombone at the age of 15. He did not stop there he moved on to writing and performing rap songs as a teen. Ben took his love of music to the University of Georgia where he majored in journalism and made a name for himself as a DJ for the college radio station as well as the neighborhood parties. He also opened up for the popular group De La Soul. Ben started his own company Profitable Publishing in which he released his first CD titled “Live Your Dream”.
After two years of college life, Ben decided to try his luck in Atlanta, GA. Living a successful but fast life as an up-and-coming entrepreneur, Ben began a downward spiral. After twenty years of surviving the harsh reality of the streets – addiction and homelessness, Ben took his entrepreneur skills, knowledge of the streets, and compassion for people to spearhead a motivational ministry that is currently touching many of the homeless and addicted on the streets of Atlanta and around the world.
Benjamin C. Graham
Tanya Z. Graham - Founder
A graduate of Georgia State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minor in Chemistry. Tanya worked in biotechnology and medical device industry for over 17 years. Her experience as a manager and consultant in the medical device industry has proven beneficial in her position as President of Motivation Forward, Inc. She has taken her leadership skills, project management skills, creativity, and passion for helping others to bring awareness of homelessness, addiction, and mental illness to the surrounding Metro Atlanta area and beyond the borders of Georgia.
Tanya’s experience spans beyond that of corporate America. She has been performing volunteer work for over ten years at companies such as Red Cross, Our Pals Place, Standup For Kids, Hosea Feed the Hungry, MUST Ministries, The Bigmouthben Movement and now Motivation Forward. She has also done several service work projects that included ministering to the homeless with food, clothes, and blankets.
Pamela A. Elliott - Project Production Specialist
Pamela is a graduate of Shorter University with a Master of Business Administration. She also obtained a Bachelor of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Non-Profit Administration. Pamela's volunteer experience at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Youth Detention Center has been beneficial to our mission at Motivation Forward, Inc.
As the Project Production Specialist, Pamela's experience and dedication to non-profit outreach tailored with her corporate experience that entails developing and overseeing business needs; developing departmental goals as well as troubleshooting and resolving issues have allowed her to cultivate and oversee Motivation Forward's projects, meetings, and fundraisers with success.
All donations are tax deductible.
Our organization was founded out of a passion for people suffering from addiction. Our purpose is to provide individuals dealing with addiction with opportunity and direction. "Opportunity and awareness" through motivational speaking, group meetings, one-on-one discussions and special events. "Direction" through referrals to certified addiction and homeless programs.
Everyone here at Motivation Forward share in the same vision and work toward the same mission. We are always excited to find new volunteers that share our passion.
The issue of homelessness and addiction affects every community and therefore, it will take many helping hands and loving donations to make a major impact on homelessness, addiction, and mental illness.