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 […]

Future Chef, Melvin, is one step closer to his dream thanks to Usher’s mom, Jonetta Patton! This month, Ms. Patton hosted a fundraising dinner at Davio’s Restaurant in Atlanta benefitting UNL. For every plate of lobster risotto sold (Ms. Patton’s favorite dish!), UNL received a donation towards our youth leadership programming. UNL President, Yvette Cook, Usher and Grace Raymond […]

Congrats to Lareya Brown, a member of the Usher’s New Look Atlanta Leadership Academy since she was in 9th grade. Lareya is the proud recipient of a Posse Foundation Scholarship, which will cover her full tuition to Boston University. While her spark is singing, she plans to study Pre-Med and Business in college and then attend medical […]

This past July, Usher’s New Look hosted an online donation contest in partnership with Chideo.com, auctioning off a chance to win a trip to our United to Ignite Awards Luncheon in Atlanta, complete with an Usher meet and greet experience. For every donation received, funds went to support UNL programming. After the contest, Chideo decided […]

A wise man named Steve Jobs once said, “If you work in your passion, you never work a day in your life.” At Usher’s New Look, this is our secret to developing the next generation of extraordinary leaders! Passion + Potential = Purpose. Our programs help students identify their “spark”, or the one thing that […]

Christina Smedley is the Director of Communications for Facebook Messenger App and the newest addition to our Board of Directors. Before that, she was the VP of Global Brand & Communications at PayPal. With such awesome jobs and experience, we had to get her advice to others on how to start their “spark”. Check it out […]

Hi! My name is Maricella Ramos. I am freshman college student at Philadelphia University majoring in fashion merchandising and marketing. I joined the Usher’s New Look Moguls in Training program this year, after my mom and I won a trip to New Look’s United to Ignite Awards fundraising event through Chideo.com. We got to meet Usher and learned […]

WHAT IS THE UNL ‘SPARK Center’? We surveyed our students and found out 88% do not have a safe space that is conducive to learning after-school and on weekends, and they’re hungering for more experiential learning. So we created The Spark Center, a student-led, global meeting space for expanding, exploring and exposing young minds. A […]

  Meet Destiny! I started going to the New Look program in the beginning of ninth grade. My spark is acting. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved being on stage. When I was in plays, I felt like I could escape and go into my own little world and be me for […]

Meet Donte! I first joined Usher’s New Look when I was a freshman at Golda Meir High School. When I joined I wasn’t sure what my spark was, but Usher’s New Look soon helped me realize that my spark was not only being an athlete but also being able to help others and show them […]

Have you heard about ‘The New Look Effect’? Have you felt it? Get to know the powerful impact UNL is having on youth through the eyes of Atlanta 11th grader, DenisèAnn Shields! Meet DenisèAnn! I first joined the Usher’s New Look family in October of 2014, and my “spark” is entertainment. I do anything from dancing, singing, acting to playing […]

By UNL Brooklyn Leadership Academy Youth, D’Amonte Brown D’Amante Brown is an 11th grader from City Poly Tech High School who just joined the UNL Brooklyn chapter this week!  It hasn’t even been a week yet, and I already feel like the Usher’s New Look (UNL) Family has accepted me as their own. Throughout the […]

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 […]

Congratulations, to UNL Detroit Mogul in Training, Myles Harlan, on his nomination to Vanderbilt University’s chapter of “The Society of Collegiate Leadership and Achievement” for his academic progress and strong GPA. Keep up the great work! Myles is a Junior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Oboe Performance and Pre-Law Studies. “New Look helped guide me to college opportunity […]

Tony Betton, is a sophomore at Georgia State University studying Journalism and Multimedia. You might remember him as the recent co-host from our last event, The United to Ignite Awards, alongside Ludacris. We’re pretty sure he’s going to be the next Ellen or Ryan Seacrest someday, and from his hosting career exposure through New Look, […]

10/05/15 Update! Check out the photo gallery below from Alexus and Jakayla’s event on campus at Tuskegee. It was a huge success! It’s so awesome to see our students taking the lead on big issues like climate change. Alexus, from UNL Atlanta, is in her first year as a first generation college student thanks to […]

Chideo.com is a great site that is helping connect celebrities and fans around important causes. By making a donation to a nonprofit, you can be entered to win a wide array of cool experiences including celebrity meet and greets. In July, we hosted a contest in partnership with Chideo for one lucky winner and a […]

Usher’s New Look: When and how did you discover New Look? What is your first New Look memory? Helena: I am a senior in high school at Therell HS in Atlanta, GA. I was first introduced to Usher’s New Look when I was in the eighth grade. My school counselor suggested I join the program because […]

10 Years ago, when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans,  Usher ignited a movement to help rebuild the city. Through his nonprofit organization, Usher’s New Look, Usher immediately engaged volunteers on the grounds. Following the aftermath, Usher’s New Look gathered other entertainers including Alicia Keys, T.I and Young Jeezy for a ‘Project Restart Concert’ held in Atlanta, which […]

Zhane Simpkins just graduated from Tri Cities High School in Atlanta and finished up her last year in the UNL Atlanta Leadership Academy. This August 2015 she starts her freshman year at Columbia University in Chicago! Read below to learn about the effect New Look’s programs have had on her life. 1) Meet Zhane! Hey Zhane! So how did you […]