We Believe in 4 Pillars





...here's why


100% of youth can identify their “SPARK”, a personal talent or passion that connects to a greater purpose


100% of UNL Leadership Academy youth graduate high school. 98% go on to college. 86% are first generation college students.


100% of youth recognize they have the power to create local and global change


100% feel they are equipped to engage in formal business events

Usher’s New Look [UNL] is a unique 10-year leadership program that develops under-resourced youth during their formative years to set them up for a lifetime of success. From the 8th grade through college, we work with young people to develop their whole person and finish their education, while being of service. Our goal is to ensure every student graduates and uses their passions to serve their community. Through partnerships with businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and government agencies we’re able to address equitable barriers, while providing mentorship and real-world leadership opportunities. Every student receives a Leadership Certification backed by Emory University and a lifelong network of support. 

3 Core Programs


Powered by Service (Middle School)

The Local Leadership Certification

This one day, 4 – 6-hour intensive leadership program, powered by the Emory University Goizueta Business School and the Suntrust Foundation, introduces middle school students to the benefits of servant leadership, teaches financial literacy, explores career paths, and nurtures their passions with an emphasis on education. Through peer-to-peer engagements with UNL alumni, students are able to identify their unique “spark,” while developing creative solutions to positively influence their communities. Upon successful completion, every student receives a Local Leadership Certificate backed by Emory University.
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The UNL Leadership Academy (High School)

The National Leadership Certification

This four-year, 400-hour training program challenges high school students in our Four Leadership Pillars; Talent, Education, Career & Service. Building on what is taught in ‘Powered by Service’, students are empowered to use their talents to be of service nationally. This program works to ensure every student graduates from high school and empowers them to have agency over their journey. Upon successful completion, every student receives a National Leadership Certificate backed by Emory University.
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The Moguls in Training Program (College)

The Global Leadership Certification

This advanced program for UNL Leadership Academy and Powered by Service alumni, begins as freshmen start college and engages them formally until they land jobs in their field of study. Students receive a virtual college and career support system through monthly group calls, activities and personal brand-building assignments, while UNL partnerships help them secure internships. Upon successful completion, every student receives a Global Leadership Certificate backed by Emory University, and are empowered to become official UNL peer trainers who travel nationally and internationally leading Powered By Service trainings.
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