1. Why did you decide to join Usher’s New Look? What are your career goals and how do you plan to achieve them? I chose to join UNL to be involved with other individuals like myself. I used to believe I was “weird”, but after joining UNL I viewed my skills and hobbies in a […]

Usher’s New Look develops young Detroit leaders through service on life’s big stage January 31, 2017 By Scott Talley | A Special to the Michigan Chronicle A proud Detroit native, Jarvis-LaRue Brown is a dedicated, hard worker who loves to help his community. And Brown is able to live out his passion with a little […]

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Usher’s New Look Leadership Academy students and Moguls-in-Training (high school and college) in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Detroit and New York hosted events and conducted service. Check out what each city did below! ATLANTA Atlanta Academy students went to see the blockbuster movie, ‘Hidden Figures’, which tells the incredible untold […]

Usher’s New Look peer trainers hosted an exciting week of Powered by Service leadership trainings in Detroit, MI, October 17th through 21st. The trainings served a total of 356 7th through 12th graders at Burton International, Carver Stem, Gompers and the Detroit International Academy of Young Women. Principal Milner at Gompers told us, “I was […]

By Sequoia Mitchell Sequoia joined the UNL Detroit Leadership Academy in 2011. Today, she is a Mogul in Training and a rising  junior at Wayne State University. HOLA! I have spent my last night in the Dominican Republic, it has been life changing. Our last day started with a two hour drive to Santiago, Dominican Republic. […]

Each summer, while school is out, we continue to engage our students with a summer tradition that goes back to our roots: Camp New Look! This modern-day twist on the original camp model (2005-2009) includes week of camp-like activities centered around the four pillars for high school students in each UNL city. In Atlanta, we […]

Thanks to our partner Ford and the Ford Motor Company Fund, UNL Detroit students and staff were able to attend the 18th Annual Ford Freedom Award, ‘Men of Courage’ event. It was powerful and inspiring for all who attended. Read the blog below to hear about the experience from the eyes UNL Mogul in Training, Myles Harlan, a […]

Meet Taylor Hi, my name is Taylor Hopkins! I received the opportunity to join Usher’s New Look Detroit chapter in 2009, when I was in my senior year of high school. My “SPARKS” are baking and photography. Through Usher’s New Look, I was able to learn videography. I loved every moment of it. Baking has always been […]

Meet Dynasty! Hey! I’m Dynasty aka Duck Dynasty (UNL code name). I joined New Look in 2013 with my twin sister, Diamond, when representatives visited our middle school, Northpoint in Highland Park, MI. Through New Look, I found my SPARK to be business management, but I love also accounting. Before New Look Throughout my life, my family […]

Usher’s New Look CEO, Yvette Cook, and COO, Gavin McGuire, touched down in Detroit recently for a 3-day visit that focused on increasing support for UNL’s current programs. Currently, the city of Detroit houses all three UNL leadership programs: It is home to one of UNL’s four national Leadership Academies (high school), hosts Powered by Service […]

There is no one quite like UNL Mogul in Training, Myles Harlan. When he joined the New Look Detroit Leadership Academy in 9th grade, he was shy and got teased about his “SPARK” for playing the oboe. Being a member of Usher’s New Look made him comfortable with it by giving him a group of supportive peers and opportunities to perform. […]

Peer-to-Peer is our secret sauce. Here’s an “inside look” at what it’s like to be one of Usher’s UNL Trainers. Elizabeth Williams joined the UNL Detroit chapter in 9th grade and is now a senior in college at Grande Valley State University. She is the co-founder of her own nonprofit, Books IV Bonding, which was an […]

On February 12, 2016 UNL Detroit partnered with Accenture for a career exposure day. Students learned how to decide which college best fits their vision and passion, the do’s and don’ts of social media posting, and each participated in individual mock interviews with the Accenture team. Accenture team member, Nick, told us, “This was my first […]

We have a new word to describe the students we’re developing at UNL: Disruptivators.  It’s a mix of being a disruptor and an innovator. Disruptivators are the next generation of leaders who will shake things up with their unconventional and unprecedented ideas. They’re the kind of leaders who will usher in a better future for us all. Martin Luther King Jr. was a disruptivator, […]

Eighty-eight students are now aware of a passion and career pathway they never knew existed: Coding. In celebration of Computer Science Education Week, December 7th to 13th, eighty-eight Usher’s New Look high school Leadership Academy students across our chapter cities, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Detroit and Brooklyn, participated in Hour of Code workshops led by their college UNL peers. Each […]

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 […]

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 […]

At Usher’s New Look, we’re all about EXPOSURE to better circumstances. If a student thinks they might want to go into a particular career field, we make sure they get to see, feel and experience it during high school. This way, they are well prepared with an intended major and a vision for their future before […]

Congrats to UNL Detroit Mogul in Training, Atif Hashwi, on achieving his dream of becoming a movie star! Atif joined Usher’s New Look in 2009. Today, he studies bio-medical engineering and theatre at University of Southern California. “I have an obligation to achieve and do great things with my life. New Look has invested and […]

In the state of Michigan, only 77% of students are graduating from high school. Detroit Public Schools’ graduation rate is 65%. However, against the odds, Usher’s New Look Detroit Leadership Academy students are graduating 100%! Thirty-two Detroit Leadership Academy youth are now high school graduates and headed onto the next step in their journeys: Obtaining  full-time […]