This week, Usher’s New Look Detroit welcomed 50 new and returning students for an orientation kick off at Osborn High School! The students came from schools all over the Detroit Metro area including Osborn Oprep, Osborn Evergreen, Cass Tech, Cody High and Martin Luther King. Keeping with our peer-to-peer mode, Moguls in Training, Ciarah Lee and Sequoia Mitchell, presented and helped lead the program. The students heard from four guest speakers, who each represented one of New Look’s four pillars: Talent, Education, Career and Service. Phil Gilley, Co-Founder of Notes for Notes spoke on connecting your talent to your career pathway. Sequoia, a college student in Usher’s New Look, presented on her experience with education. Vernie Strickland of Pride and Power and Detroit Republic spoke on how he found his career. Kayana Sessons of BuildOn, a partnering youth organization of New Look Detroit, talked about her passion for service and how it connects with her career pathway.
12th Grader, Rebecca Robinson, told us,
“Today in orientation, I learned from our panel that dedication can pave the way for success and there’s more than one way to learn everything.”
New Look parent and volunteer, Anita Longmire, said,
“It’s going on three years since I started this venture with my son Dajion with The Usher’s New Look program and they continue to impress me with the different opportunities they have to offer for the kids, so I urge any young lady or young man who joins the program to reach for the stars!!!!!”
Check out the photo gallery from orientation night below. Thank you to all our volunteers, students, parents and educators who made orientation possible! The students will be convening twice a month for Leadership Academy meetings, so stay tuned for more stories to come!