This month, Usher’s New Look partnered with Scholastic to create a Top 10 #BIGGERTHAN Booklist. We asked students, parents and teachers all across the world to submit the names of three books that have inspired them or helped them feel #BIGGERTHAN their obstacles. Now, the results are in! Did your favorites make the list?? Check it out […]

On Jan 19th, a group of Usher’s New Look Atlanta High School Seniors, New Look CEO, Yvette Cook, and New Look Chief Operations Officer, Gavin McGuire, had the opportunity to attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Salute to Greatness dinner as guests of Ford Motor Company. This opportunity gave students a chance to be among some […]

New Look  recently welcomed several first-year students to the Milwaukee Leadership Academy from Golda Mier High School and Milwaukee High School of the Arts. These New Look newbies started off their first year of the program with an introduction to our Four Pillars: Talent, Education, Career, and Service. All students began by identifying their talent, or as […]

Congratulations to New Look Atlanta Academy student, Jasmine Elliott, a Senior at Douglas County High School, who has just been accepted into Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)! You might remember Jasmine from our feature of her and her bow tie business last year. Well, we have great news! Jasmine’s bow ties are now […]

Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential who may be overlooked by traditional college selection processes. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams—Posses—of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, […]

Zhane Simpkins is a member of our Atlanta Leadership Academy and just started her last semester SENIOR year at Tri-Cities High School for Performing Arts in Atlanta! She recently won the science fair! To read more about Zhane’s full experience in New Look’s program, check out her blog here–

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, New Look Detroit youth partnered up with the BuildOn organization to do various projects and activities at Osborn High School. Many of these projects included giving the school a “new look” so that their peers at Osborn High could have a better environment to learn in. Students painted “dream” benches […]

Ammon Lyle joined New Look in 2010 when he was first starting high school. Senior year, he recieved Usher’s UNCF Scholarship, which afforded him a full-ride to Howard University. where he is now a sophomore in college studying finance. We had the chance to catch up with Ammon recently and found he had quite a few […]

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, our Atlanta students gathered to see the movie Selma. After the movie, they marched back to the UNL office across Atlanta’s 17th Street Bridge to symbolize the civil rights leaders’ march across Pettus Bridge. Once at the office, the youth participated in a powerful dialogue about the film led by New […]

Congrats to New Look Atlanta youth leader, Kaija Pack, a Senior from Mays High School, who has been acknowledged for her dedication to service by making the Atlanta In Town Paper’s ’20 Under 20′ list. Atlanta In Town wrote, “Kaija has turned her birthday into an opportunity to give back to others by creating the ‘Feed […]

‘Students Sing Praises of Usher’s School Program’ By Karen Yi From Sun Sentinel 01/20/15 “A small music industry is brewing inside the classrooms at Boynton Beach Community High School —giving rise to chart-topping singles, fresh artists and, sometimes, bitter fights between record labels.”

Usher’s New Look Detroit college students, Rebecca and Elizabeth Williams, just launched their website for their new nonprofit, Books For Bonding, and could really use your help! Books For Bonding will be empowering children in Kenya and Detroit through reading (read the full story here). They are in need of donations to help cover the […]

William Walker, a freshman at Golda Meir High School and year one New Look Milwaukee Leadership Academy student, represented New Look as as part of our holiday giving project at Milwaukee Bucks toy give away with player Jarryd Bayless. His Milwaukee Program Coordinator, Percy Eddie, told us,”William is a giver and a leader who wanted to make […]

Usher’s New Look and Scholastic have joined together once again to show you how books and reading can help young people open a world of possible and dream #BIGGERTHAN! This month, we want to know, What three books have made you #BIGGERTHAN? Has a character motivated you to make a difference? A setting inspired you to get out […]

Fridays can’t get any better than this. Check out the exciting news Barack Obama announced today about a plan for free community college for over 9 million young people in the United States. We think it’s a great idea and would help so many of the students we serve, but it’s going to need your […]

In honor of Throwback Thursday, check out the video below. In 2008, Usher featured New Look youth in his video for the song Hush. If you haven’t heard the lyrics, read along with them as you watch!    Everyday he wakes up in his million dollar home His life is like a video, the only reality he knows .. […]

Southern Journal Magazine, January/February Issue UNL Students Make a Global Impact BIGGERTHAN “You might have heard of this guy named Usher Raymond IV. You might know him from his catchy songs, his effortless dance moves, his role as a coach on NBC’s The Voice, or as part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. You might even […]

2014 was a great year for us. We celebrated our 15th year anniversary as an organization and over 21,000 youth trained by our programs! We welcomed a new President and CEO, Yvette Cook. We saw long-time program participants graduate college, get internships, land their dream jobs, start families, launch businesses, and inspire positive change in […]

As a mentor to countless New Look youth over the years, Usher has taught students many lessons on finding leadership and achieving success. At the core of these lessons is giving back to others through service. Through the New Look program, Usher has made it his lifelong mission to teach students from under-served communities that the […]

Usher’s New Look Detroit is Powered by Service! Sequoia Mitchell, Myles-Amir Harlan, Madisyn Ramsey and Der’Laina McKinney, members of our Detroit Moguls in Training Program, a leadership program for college students, took time out of their relaxing winter breaks to serve at Detroit’s Cappuchin Soup Kitchen! Together, they donated items to the kitchen with the help of […]