Did you know, coding is the most important job skill of the future? According to reports from Burning Glass and The White House, The top 5 major job categories that use coding are, Information Technology (IT) worker, Data Analysts, Artists and designers, Engineers and Scientists Programming jobs are growing at a rate 12% faster than the […]

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 […]

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 […]

In Usher’s New Look’s 4-year high school Leadership Academy program, each grade level corresponds to one of The Four Pillars: Talent, Education, Career and Service. Senior year is the service year. Seniors in each Academy city are tasked with creating a unique service project. UNL Atlanta High School Seniors, Lameria Primrose, Helena Devone and Jacob Skinner came up […]

An important part of what we do for our UNL Leadership Academy Students in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit and New York is scholarship help! 86% of UNL students are first-generation college students, so we make sure they know about all possible scholarship opportunities and have the support they need during the college application process.  For this scholarship from […]

Five UNL Atlanta Leadership Academy students (and 1 parent!) are “SPARKED” to pursue careers in acting thanks to Usher’s New Look, actress Natalia Livingston and the Actor Boutique. In October, Usher’s New Look teamed up with a new partner, the Actor Boutique, to provide a unique career exposure opportunity for Atlanta high school students. The Actor Boutique, a program founded by […]

At Usher’s New Look, a huge part of what we do is exposing youth to opportunities they would never have access to otherwise. This is how we are helping underserved students identify “sparks” and potential career pathways that they may have never considered before. Recently, we were able to expose a group of five UNL […]

Thanks to Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Cagle, Irene Munn and Roy Neil, the students from UNL’s city-wide Atlanta Leadership Academy and the Pebblebrook High School In-School Academy had an amazing educational and career exposure experience last week. Students learned how state government operates, observed a portion of the Senate session, heard from representatives and lobbyists and participated in a mock […]

Eleventh and 12th grade students from the Atlanta Leadership Academy participated in a college essay-writing workshop on Saturday November 7, 2015. The two-part program featured a panel of current students and recent graduates from Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Howard University, Morehouse College, Spelman College and The University of Georgia. “I really enjoyed speaking […]

At orientation for the Usher’s New Look Atlanta Leadership Academy, President & CEO, Yvette Cook, asked high school students ‘Why are you here?’ This is what they had to say. Thank you to our each guest speaker who spoke on our four pillars panel! Talent, Entertainer QT Jazz Education, UNL Atlanta Senior Mogul in Training, Kamera Cobb Career, […]

Last Saturday, at the Usher’s New Look Atlanta Leadership Academy, 9th through 12th grade students were exposed to a lesson on professional development led by The Winner’s Circle (TWC), a group of young professionals who offer mentoring services to under-served youth throughout the Atlanta community. TWC kicked off the day with our students with a discussion […]

Zhane Simpkins is a member of our Atlanta Leadership Academy and just started her last semester SENIOR year at Tri-Cities High School for Performing Arts in Atlanta! She recently won the science fair! To read more about Zhane’s full experience in New Look’s program, check out her blog here– http://ushersnewlook.org/5looks-with-atlanta-academy-senior-zhane-simpkins/