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 […]

Want to make a change in the world? Invest in the next generation! On July 12th, Usher’s New Look gathered over 100 potential investors for the first-ever sneak peek of the UNL Spark Center, a new career and entrepreneurship incubator coming to Atlanta, GA, where underserved high school and college students will become disruptive innovators who follow their passions, or […]

UNL creates a physical space to provide Atlanta teens with technology, tools and training Atlanta, GA, July 7- Usher’s New Look, an organization focused on developing global youth leaders, found that 88% of students feel they don’t have a safe space for experiential learning. That insight led to the creation and launch of the UNL […]

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 […]

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 […]

Atif Hashwi joined Usher’s New Look Detroit in 2009. His SPARK is acting. Today, he is a member of our college Moguls in Training program and attends USC where he studies bio-medical engineering and theatre. Check out his exciting update below!  “Last October, I landed my first major role on television on the Criminal Minds spin-off show. This Wednesday, […]

Jasmine Pollard joined UNL in 2006 and graduated from Georgia Southern University this past year. Since she was a little girl, her “SPARK” has always been singing. Jasmine works three jobs; As an administrative assistant at Usher’s New Look, selling watches at Michael Kors, and performing gigs any chance she gets. Everywhere she goes, people know her for her […]

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. […]

Over the course of three training days, March 14-17, Usher’s New Look trained and certified nearly 500 Atlanta Public School students in Powered by Service! UNL’s partner SunTrust sponsored the first two days of trainings at Therrell and the New Schools at Carver. Arby’s sponsored Day 3 at Douglass High School. UNL peer trainers flew in from N.Y, Detroit and […]

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 […]

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 […]

SunTrust Sponsors UNL Powered by Service Trainings for 400 Atlanta Youth SunTrust is SPARKING our future leaders again! In June, SunTrust teamed up with Usher’s New Look to sponsor three Powered by Service Leadership Trainings for 500 students in Washington, D.C. Now, they’ve joined us again, this time to ignite the futures of 400 Atlanta Public […]

As a sponsor for Usher’s New Look youth leadership program for several years, Arby’s and the Arby’s Foundation have not only donated meals for UNL’s national Leadership Academy students, but also provided a host of CAREER sparking experiences for UNL students middle school through college. From leadership trainings, to one-on-one job shadow opportunities, even paid summer […]

Read about UNL’s recent Powered by Service Leadership Training Sponsored and Hosted by Ludacris for 200 Atlanta public school students. Via FreddyO.com 02/24/16 “Ludacris and The Ludacris Foundation spent the day giving back to a group of high school students at the historic Carrie Steele Pitts Life Learning Center in Atlanta Georgia. Through the use […]

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 […]

Mary-Pat Hector’s “sparks” are servant-minded leadership and disruptive innovation. She is a hands down a disruptivator; using her spark to be Powered by Service and create change. She started her first nonprofit at the age of ten. By the time she joined UNL at age 13, she was already a well-known activist and change agent in her hometown […]

Marvin Logan Jr. joined Usher’s New Look in 2006 as an attendee of Camp New Look in Atlanta, our former summer program, coming all the way from Warren, Ohio. Marvin has always has a SPARK for advocacy and leadership. He attended Kent State University where he was student body president. Today, he lives in Atlanta […]

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, […]

Top DISD students to get career advice By Holly Haber January 12, 2016 Top-performing students at eight Dallas Independent School District high schools will get college and career advice at a fair Wednesday organized by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas and the University of Texas at Dallas. The event will kick off with a pep […]