On Monday, April 10, 2017, Harvard’s Transforming Teaching Initiative hosted Usher’s New Look at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The presentation, led by Ms. Yvette Cook, President, Usher’s New Look, and James Harris, Global Ambassador of Youth, Usher’s New Look, showcased How UNL Achieves 100% High School Graduation Rates with their Leadership Academy Participants. In it’s […]

The Women Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) in Atlanta “intersects women entrepreneurs with opportunities to create, invigorate, and sustain business success.” As a new initiative and project coming out of the new Usher’s New Look Spark Center, the company is now working with three young women entrepreneurs from our Moguls in Training Program. Georgia State college student, Jasmine […]

By Jasmine Pollard Jasmine is a UNL alum and 2015 graduate of Georgia Southern University. She joined New Look when she was in 7th grade, and today works on staff as our Office Coordinator. When she isn’t doing that, Jasmine’s spark is singing. She is pursuing a career as a full-time musician. You can hear […]

Beating the Odds! Each year, thousands of students graduate high school and enroll in college. This reality is different for many minority and low-income students. Just 9 percent of students from the lowest income quartile graduate with a bachelor’s degree by age 24, compared to 77 percent for the top income quartile, according to the […]

Photos by Thomas Springer (@FeetsMccoy) Since 2009, the Georgia Power Foundation and Southern Company Foundation, under the leadership of Michael Anderson, have supported Usher’s New Look leadership programs for underserved youth in the state of Georgia. With two of the foundations’ top areas of charitable focus being education improvement and arts and culture, we found great […]

Meet Taylor Hi, my name is Taylor Hopkins! I received the opportunity to join Usher’s New Look Detroit chapter in 2009, when I was in my senior year of high school. My “SPARKS” are baking and photography. Through Usher’s New Look, I was able to learn videography. I loved every moment of it. Baking has always been […]

DID YOU KNOW?? “Currently, a dollar circulates in Asian communities for a month, in Jewish communities approximately 20 days and white communities 17 days. How long does a dollar circulate in the black community? 6 hours!!! African American buying power is at 1.1 Trillion; and yet only 2 cents of every dollar an African American […]

Last week, we launched our first ever in-school Leadership Academy model at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross, GA. We kicked off the Academy launch by inviting new students and parents to an inspiring orientation night at the school. These 9th through 12th grade students entered the program through two Powered by Service trainings at the end […]

Rashad Cain joined UNL Atlanta when he was in the 8th grade. Today, he is a graduate of Georgia State University with plans to go onto grad school. As a peer trainer for Usher’s New Look, Rashad was afforded the opportunity to travel to China in 2013 with other UNL students. On the trip, he […]

Twenty-three rising 10th through 12th grade students went on a college tour visiting Auburn University and Tuskegee University last month. The trip was the first time the Atlanta chapter of the organization had an out-of-state trip. It was also the first time many of the students visited any college. “Aside from it being a good […]

“Last week I coordinated a clothing drive to benefit Atlanta based organization, Love Beyond Walls at RaurFest 2015. It was amazing and probably the best service project I’ve ever been a part of! Here’s how it came together: A couple weeks ago, Raury asked me to coordinate a project to give back to the city […]

In the state of Georgia, only 72% of students are graduating from high school. In the Atlanta Public Schools district, the graduation rate is 59%. However, against the odds, Usher’s New Look Atlanta Leadership Academy students are graduating 100%! Twenty-Five Atlanta Leadership Academy youth are now high school graduates and headed to the next step in their […]

Malia Murray, a member of Usher’s New Look since she was in 9th grade and now an alum of University of Georgia, just directed a music video for the song ‘Fly’ by Atlanta artist Raury (Columbia Records)! The video uses animation to portray black history and recent killings caused by police brutality. Malia wrote the storyboard and […]

My name is Penny Nyokabi and I am a UNL alumni. I just completed Usher’s New Look Moguls in Training Program and graduated from Georgia State University with my Master’s in Taxation. I was introduced to New Look in 2010 when I attended the Usher’s New Look World Leadership Conference. Since I joined New Look, […]

Last week, Usher’s New Look Chief Operating Officer, Gavin McGuire, Higher Altitude Foundation CEO, Cedric J. Rogers, and UNL alumni, Chase Browning, facilitated a leadership workshop for 150 middle and high school students at the Hope Conference at Meadowcreek High School, located north of Atlanta in Norcross, Georgia! Here’s what New Look Alum, Chase, had […]

Last week, Malia Murray, a member of New Look Atlanta since she was in the 9th grade and now a Graduate of the University of Georgia, walked as a model in the Posh for a Purpose fashion show. The event was more just a fashion show. Malia’s mother is a survivor of breast cancer, and the […]

Sunday, in honor of The Grammy’s, we partnered with our sponsor Southwest Airlines to turn Concourse C of the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport into one big Grammy pre-party! Southwest invited New Look’s alumni choir to sing Grammy-nominated songs and spread the word about Usher’s New Look for those waiting to board flights to Los Angeles. They turned the […]

Jasmine Pollard became involved in New Look in 2006 when she was in 9th grade. Today, she is a graduate of Georgia Southern University and is pursuing her spark as a professional singer. My Story: My name is Jasmine Pollard and my spark is singing! As a singer, I go by Lola Songstress. I began my journey with […]