Check out this cool update from Justin Milner, an 11th grade UNL New York Leadership Academy student from Brooklyn, NY. In this blog, Justin shares a recent spark-starting experience when he got to meet his favorite dancers, the Les Twins! Way to go Justin. We are proud of your confidence and ability to network and […]

Usher’s New Look New York Leadership Academy students recently led a service project in conjunction with the Precious Dreams Foundation. The collaboration provided foster children with comfort items to help them focus on their dreams including pajamas, slippers, socks, plush items and books.  New Look students led an arts & crafts project where they helped the children […]

The New York Leadership Academy is back in session! In Brooklyn, 75 high school students gathered for orientation from schools, City Polytechnic High, Susan S. McKinney, Park Slope and Opportunity Charter. The students heard from a wide array of motivational guest speakers who spoke on each of New Look’s four pillars, Talent, Education, Career, and Service: […]

Pablo Picasso once said, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose is to give it away.” At New Look, we help teens identify their SPARK, or gift, and turn it into a greater purpose by using it to give back to the world. It’s incredible to meet adults who believe in […]

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 […]

Usher’s New Look New York Leadership Academy students recently teamed up with the NYPD to create a mural that would help foster peace, compassion and community. Read the story and watch the News 12 clip below! WILLIAMSBURG – Some Brooklyn police officers and local children joined forces to create a mural at the 90th Precinct in […]

By Lauren Klose “NYC Together, partnering with Usher’s New Look Youth Leadership Organization, unveiled a mural Friday portraying the strengthening bond between Brooklyn’s Williamsburg community and the 90th Precinct. For 10 weeks, youths from the neighborhood worked with local artist, Elle Sauer, to plan and design the mural.” Read the Full Story

Written by UNL New York 11th grade Youth Leaders, Sierra Boyd and Nyya Collins Photo Credit: Thomas Springer (@FeetsMccoy) Day 1 Recap by Sierra Boyd, 11th grade trainer On Wednesday, May 11th through Friday, May 13, 2016, the Usher’s New Look peer-to-peer trainer team took over Brooklyn, NY with two Powered By Service leadership trainings! We kicked […]

Brooklyn, NY, – Over the past 10 weeks (since March 7, 2016), six high school students from NYC TOGETHER and Usher Raymond IV’s Usher’s New Look Youth Leadership Organization have worked with officers from the 90th Police Precinct and a professional artist to create a shared vision of positive police-community relations for a mural located […]

UNL’s three programs for students middle school through college are helping youth from underserved communities discover their inner leader through Four Pillars: Talent, Education, Career and Service. Through the Service Pillar, we teach students that they can find power and purpose in life through giving back and creating change. During a UNL activity called Exploding the Issue, students are taught how to “explode” the […]

Usher’s New Look New York Leadership Academy students were recently invited to attend Usher’s event with TIDAL and Art for Amnesty, which featured,‘Chains’, his powerful new music video that addresses social injustice and police brutality. Read 11th grader Apple’s blog about it below! By Apple Badal, 11th Grade (Pictured above, Third from the left) Recently, I went to an art […]

Exposure is what we do best, and thanks to Facebook, twenty-three Usher’s New Look Academy youth leaders experienced a surreal career day at Facebook’s New York office last week. Students received a guided tour given by Corey Neaufville, Media Solutions Manager, a panel with Facebook employees and a Q&A session about college and career. An […]

Last week, we partnered with Get Schooled, a foundation started between Bill & Melinda Gates and Viacom that uses entertainment, digital media and star-power to empower and prepare students to graduate high school and make it to college! Our Founder, Usher, just happened to be in NYC to speak at the American Justice Summit and launch his new social justice video, […]

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 is what the holidays are all about: Being One World, Powered by Service! Usher’s New Look New York Leadership Academy students recently teamed up with the Care More organization and artists from Image Gallery NYC to spark change in their community by making over 100 lunches and care packages for the homeless. Then, they took to […]

  Meet Destiny! I started going to the New Look program in the beginning of ninth grade. My spark is acting. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved being on stage. When I was in plays, I felt like I could escape and go into my own little world and be me for […]

The UNL New York Leadership Academy is off to a great start after an epic orientation in Brooklyn! This was the first session for UNL’s new New York Program Coordinator, Shanice Clarke, a former intern for Usher’s New Look and Get Schooled! Jeremy Dominguez, a member of UNL since 2010 when he was a freshman in high school, took […]

By UNL Brooklyn Leadership Academy Youth, D’Amonte Brown D’Amante Brown is an 11th grader from City Poly Tech High School who just joined the UNL Brooklyn chapter this week!  It hasn’t even been a week yet, and I already feel like the Usher’s New Look (UNL) Family has accepted me as their own. Throughout the […]

On May 16th, Usher’s New Look’s James Harris, program Alumni and Digital Program Strategy Manager, and Myles Harlan, Mogul in Training student at Vanderbilt University, represented our organization at the annual OPPI Festival in New York City. James Harris told the story of his journey from New Look program participant to board member, then spoke […]