October 18th through 21st, Usher’s New Look sparked the minds of over 528 Atlanta students with four days of Powered by Service (PBS) leadership trainings at Campbell and Meadowcreek High Schools. Campbell, a Cobb County Public School, and Meadowcreek, a Gwinnett County Public School, are both sites of New Look’s new in-school Leadership Academy model, […]

Usher’s New Look peer trainers hosted an exciting week of Powered by Service leadership trainings in Detroit, MI, October 17th through 21st. The trainings served a total of 356 7th through 12th graders at Burton International, Carver Stem, Gompers and the Detroit International Academy of Young Women. Principal Milner at Gompers told us, “I was […]

New Look helps high school students enter whichever career pathway matches their spark, or passion. From science and technology, to business and the arts, students are free to choose whatever “sparks” them. For many students, this is music and entertainment. However, most students do not know the multitude of careers available to them to be […]

At New Look, we connect our students with the best mentors in the business. We call them our network of spark-starters; Personal brand-ambassadors. These are the people who invest in our students and guide them towards the career field of their choice. James Andrews is one of these people. A former record executive, turned social media/culture/tech […]

Simon Sinek is an author, optimist and celebrity TED Talks speaker, whose passion is to help individuals discover their “why”, much like New Look helps youth identify their “spark”, or purpose, early on. Similar to UNL, Sinek holds a bold goal of building a movement towards a world in which the vast majority of people go […]

Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose is to give it away.” At New Look, we help teens identify their SPARK, or gift, and turn it into a greater purpose by using it to give back to the world. It’s incredible to meet adults who believe in […]

Last week, Jylla and Curtis Tearte of the Tearte Foundation surprised UNL student interns, Shani Moore, a graduate student at James Madison University and member of New Look since 2005, and Desirae Gibson, a Senior at Georgia State University and new member of our college program, with $1,500 scholarships to help cover costs for school. The girls […]

August 1-5, Usher’s New Look provided Powered by Service trainings for the entire freshman class of 745 students at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, GA. While historically, the New Look Leadership Academy has been an after-school and weekend program for high school youth, Pebblebrook is one of three Georgia schools to pilot our in-school Leadership Academy Model […]

By Sequoia Mitchell Sequoia joined the UNL Detroit Leadership Academy in 2011. Today, she is a Mogul in Training and a rising  junior at Wayne State University. HOLA! I have spent my last night in the Dominican Republic, it has been life changing. Our last day started with a two hour drive to Santiago, Dominican Republic. […]

By Myles Harlan Myles Harlan joined New Look Detroit when he was in 9th grade. Today he is a rising senior at Vanderbilt University. He is currently working an internship with Ford in Detroit, the sponsor of our Dominican Republic Powered by Service trip.   Today I feel empowered, blessed, cultured, wiser, and more in tune […]

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 […]

By Elizabeth Williams UNL Detroit Mogul in Training, Rising Senior at Grand Valley State University Elizabeth Williams is is co-founder of a nonprofit called Books IV Bonding, which she started with her sister and the support of UNL and her mentor, Usher. The nonprofit provides books for schools in Kenya and inner-city Detroit, with the […]

Usher’s New Look New York Leadership Academy students recently teamed up with the NYPD to create a mural that would help foster peace, compassion and community. Read the story and watch the News 12 clip below! WILLIAMSBURG – Some Brooklyn police officers and local children joined forces to create a mural at the 90th Precinct in […]

By Lauren Klose “NYC Together, partnering with Usher’s New Look Youth Leadership Organization, unveiled a mural Friday portraying the strengthening bond between Brooklyn’s Williamsburg community and the 90th Precinct. For 10 weeks, youths from the neighborhood worked with local artist, Elle Sauer, to plan and design the mural.” Read the Full Story

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 […]

Written by UNL New York 11th grade Youth Leaders, Sierra Boyd and Nyya Collins Photo Credit: Thomas Springer (@FeetsMccoy) Day 1 Recap by Sierra Boyd, 11th grade trainer On Wednesday, May 11th through Friday, May 13, 2016, the Usher’s New Look peer-to-peer trainer team took over Brooklyn, NY with two Powered By Service leadership trainings! We kicked […]

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 […]

Brooklyn, NY, – Over the past 10 weeks (since March 7, 2016), six high school students from NYC TOGETHER and Usher Raymond IV’s Usher’s New Look Youth Leadership Organization have worked with officers from the 90th Police Precinct and a professional artist to create a shared vision of positive police-community relations for a mural located […]

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, […]