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 […]

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 […]

Photos by Thomas Springer (@FeetsMccoy) and DJ Blak Magic (@DJBlakMagic) The UNL SPARK Center, coming to Atlanta September 2016, will be an incubator for UNL high school students to learn, create and innovate within the intersection of technology, education and culture. It will be a space where school students become exposed to a plethora career […]

Thanks to our partner Ford and the Ford Motor Company Fund, UNL Detroit students and staff were able to attend the 18th Annual Ford Freedom Award, ‘Men of Courage’ event. It was powerful and inspiring for all who attended. Read the blog below to hear about the experience from the eyes UNL Mogul in Training, Myles Harlan, a […]

Last week, thanks to the help of Atlanta lawyer, John Mayoue, Usher’s New Look began a new initiative, The League of Men. The goal of the League of Men is to launch a new community of male supporters who can be a positive example for our next generation of young men. Prominent male leaders from Atlanta, […]

Usher’s New Look & Southwest Airlines partner to host a Powered by Service Leadership Training for 185 Atlanta Public Schools Students at J.E. Brown Middle School.  Watch the news clip via WSB-TV here, then read the recap below! Usher’s New Look, is on a mission to develop the next generation of global youth leaders, so […]

In Usher’s New Look’s 4-year high school Leadership Academy program, each grade level corresponds to one of The Four Pillars: Talent, Education, Career and Service. Senior year is the service year. Seniors in each Academy city are tasked with creating a unique service project. UNL Atlanta High School Seniors, Lameria Primrose, Helena Devone and Jacob Skinner came up […]

Photos by McIntosh Bros/RepTheShots A few months ago, we began promoting a contest ran by Tidal in conjunction with Usher’s ‘Chains’ single. The contest asked college students, nation-wide, to tweet using the hashtag #TIDALxCHAINS along with the name of their college or university, for a chance to have Usher host a conversation on social injustice at their […]

Jasmine Pollard joined UNL in 2006 and graduated from Georgia Southern University this past year. Since she was a little girl, her “SPARK” has always been singing. Jasmine works three jobs; As an administrative assistant at Usher’s New Look, selling watches at Michael Kors, and performing gigs any chance she gets. Everywhere she goes, people know her for her […]

An important part of what we do for our UNL Leadership Academy Students in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit and New York is scholarship help! 86% of UNL students are first-generation college students, so we make sure they know about all possible scholarship opportunities and have the support they need during the college application process.  For this scholarship from […]

Meet Jessieka! Hi! My name is Jessieka Reaves and I joined the Usher’s New Look Atlanta Leadership Academy in October 2013 after I was exposed to the program through a Powered by Service Training at my middle school. It has been three years since I joined, and I am now a junior at Westlake High School. ​ My “SPARK” My spark is […]

Over the course of three training days, March 14-17, Usher’s New Look trained and certified nearly 500 Atlanta Public School students in Powered by Service! UNL’s partner SunTrust sponsored the first two days of trainings at Therrell and the New Schools at Carver. Arby’s sponsored Day 3 at Douglass High School. UNL peer trainers flew in from N.Y, Detroit and […]

Five UNL Atlanta Leadership Academy students (and 1 parent!) are “SPARKED” to pursue careers in acting thanks to Usher’s New Look, actress Natalia Livingston and the Actor Boutique. In October, Usher’s New Look teamed up with a new partner, the Actor Boutique, to provide a unique career exposure opportunity for Atlanta high school students. The Actor Boutique, a program founded by […]

SunTrust Sponsors UNL Powered by Service Trainings for 400 Atlanta Youth SunTrust is SPARKING our future leaders again! In June, SunTrust teamed up with Usher’s New Look to sponsor three Powered by Service Leadership Trainings for 500 students in Washington, D.C. Now, they’ve joined us again, this time to ignite the futures of 400 Atlanta Public […]

As a sponsor for Usher’s New Look youth leadership program for several years, Arby’s and the Arby’s Foundation have not only donated meals for UNL’s national Leadership Academy students, but also provided a host of CAREER sparking experiences for UNL students middle school through college. From leadership trainings, to one-on-one job shadow opportunities, even paid summer […]

Read about UNL’s recent Powered by Service Leadership Training Sponsored and Hosted by Ludacris for 200 Atlanta public school students. Via FreddyO.com 02/24/16 “Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation spent the day giving back to a group of high school students at the historic Carrie Steele Pitts Life Learning Center in Atlanta Georgia. Through the use […]

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and The Ludacris Foundation partnered with UNL to host one of UNL’s day-long Powered by Service (PBS) Leadership Trainings for 220 Atlanta High School Students at the Carrie Steele Pitts Life Learning Center. Powered by Service is a one-day intensive peer-to-peer leadership training that teaches students how to identify their “spark” or passion, create their […]

At Usher’s New Look, a huge part of what we do is exposing youth to opportunities they would never have access to otherwise. This is how we are helping underserved students identify “sparks” and potential career pathways that they may have never considered before. Recently, we were able to expose a group of five UNL […]

Atlanta, GA, February 23, 2016– This Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Usher’s New Look Organization are hosting a Powered by Service Leadership Training for 220 Atlanta High School Students! Chris “Ludacris” Bridges gives back to his local Atlanta community with a “Powered by Service” Leadership Training workshop delivered by Usher’s New Look […]

Thanks to Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Irene Munn and Roy Neil, the students from UNL’s city-wide Atlanta Leadership Academy and the Pebblebrook High School In-School Academy had an amazing educational and career exposure experience last week. Students learned how state government operates, observed a portion of the Senate session, heard from representatives and lobbyists and participated in a mock […]