Our program begins in the 8th grade and progresses through a student’s high school and post-secondary education. It places a strong emphasis on service as a means to develop the whole person. Partnerships with businesses, non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and government provide mentoring and real-world leadership opportunities. Students receive 3 Leadership Certifications backed by Emory University; Local, National and International.

3 Core Programs


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Powered by Service (Middle School)

-The Local Leadership Certification-

Powered By Service is a one day, 4-6 hour intensive leadership program for middle school students in conjunction with Emory University’s Goizueta Business School that highlights the benefits of servant leadership combined with enhancing talent, exploring career paths and nurturing education.

Effectively using peer-to-peer interactions alongside notable UNL alumni serving as primary instructors, PBS is the prerequisite for the Usher’s New Look Leadership Academy. It aids students to identify their unique “spark,” while finding creative solutions to positively influence their communities. Upon successful completion, each student will receive Local Leadership Certificates that are backed by the program’s curricula partnership with Emory University. LEARN MORE

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-The National Leadership Certification-

The Usher’s New Look Leadership Academies in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit and New York challenge 9th through 12th grade students in the Four Pillar areas of TALENT, EDUCATION, CAREER & SERVICE; Each year’s curriculum corresponds to one of the Four Pillars. Using a training period that spans the course of 400 hours of training across a four year period, successful completion of the academy earns each student a National Leadership certificate from Emory University. LEARN MORE

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-The Global Leadership Certification-

After students progress through Powered by Service and the UNL Leadership Academy, they enter the Moguls in Training (MIT) Program as freshmen in college at their respective new universities. Students receive a virtual college and career support system through UNL’s monthly group calls, activities and brand-building assignments. UNL MITs receive internships with UNL partners. They are empowered to become official UNL peer trainers who travel nationally and internationally leading all Powered By Service trainings. LEARN MORE 


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