By Elizabeth Williams UNL Detroit Mogul in Training, Rising Senior at Grand Valley State University Elizabeth Williams is is co-founder of a nonprofit called Books IV Bonding, which she started with her sister and the support of UNL and her mentor, Usher. The nonprofit provides books for schools in Kenya and inner-city Detroit, with the […]

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 […]

Join us July 23rd in Atlanta for our annual President’s Circle Luncheon. This year, we are celebrating our 16th year with ‘The United to Ignite Awards’, Honoring Ignitors of Youth Empowerment. Check out the Emcee and Honorees below. We’re excited! Are you? Visit to purchase tickets or sponsorship. Go to to donate for a chance […]

Usher’s New Look Detroit college students, Rebecca and Elizabeth Williams, just launched their website for their new nonprofit, Books For Bonding, and could really use your help! Books For Bonding will be empowering children in Kenya and Detroit through reading (read the full story here). They are in need of donations to help cover the […]

Southern Journal Magazine, January/February Issue UNL Students Make a Global Impact BIGGERTHAN “You might have heard of this guy named Usher Raymond IV. You might know him from his catchy songs, his effortless dance moves, his role as a coach on NBC’s The Voice, or as part owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers. You might even […]

New Look focuses on helping students excel in talent, education and career, but the thing that sets us apart from other afterschool programs is our service component called Powered by Service. Usher believes service is what makes a good leader great, so, students are taught to use their passion and potential to make a difference in […]

If you didn’t get a chance to see Usher’s BIGGERTHAN Words Scholastic webcast, you MUST check it out here! Grade school students filled the audience and got to ask Usher questions on how reading has helped him “Open a World of Possible.” One student asked Usher what his greatest achievement besides becoming a music superstar […]