Usher’s New Look & Southwest Airlines Spark 185 Youth Leaders in Atlanta!

Usher’s New Look & Southwest Airlines partner to host a Powered by Service Leadership Training for 185 Atlanta Public Schools Students at J.E. Brown Middle School.  Watch the news clip via WSB-TV here, then read the recap below!

Usher’s New Look, is on a mission to develop the next generation of global youth leaders, so on Wednesday April 27th, we partnered with Southwest Airlines to train and certify an additional 185 students in the Atlanta community in our one-day intensive leadership training workshop, “Powered by Service.”  As a partner of Atlanta Public Schools for many years, this training was similar to ones we have provided in the past at Carver, Therrell and Douglass high schools.

The interactive workshop, delivered peer-to-peer by students who have matriculated through our program, provided an eye-opening experience that empowered youth to hone in on their “spark”, or passion, and then begin creating a blue print for college, career and giving back. The Powered by Service curriculum is backed by Emory Goizueta Business School, and all students who completed the training received an Emory validated local leadership certification.

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Southwest’s Powered by Service training sponsorship was part of a commitment made at UNL’s United to Ignite Awards Luncheon last July, when they pledged to give back to youth in Atlanta. In addition, Southwest has supported UNL’s programs as a sponsor for nearly a decade, providing in-kind flights for UNL’s peer-trainers as they travel the country conducting UNL programming.

“Southwest Airlines is proud to serve the Atlanta Community through our support of Usher’s New Look. The Powered by Service training program is outstanding and equips our young people with the tools they need to be great leaders and change-makers in our communities.”

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Quinnie Jenkins, Regional Leader of Community Affairs & Grassroots at Southwest Airlines, kicked off the workshop as an opening speaker, announcing Southwest’s commitment to investing in global youth leaders as a partner to UNL and encouraging students to use their future success after the training to give back to their community.

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Once in the breakout sessions, the peer-to-peer youth trainers provided students:

  • Advice on how to “spark” their passion and use it to develop a blueprint for education and career that is relevant to their talents and interests
  • An understanding of fundamental leadership principles
  • Guidance to develop their personal brand and use social media in a positive way
  • The ability and confidence to be change agents throughout their community and the world
  • An engaging and dynamic training that meets students where they are through the intersection of technology, education and culture.

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The training was an unforgettable first experience for the 185 students trained, but also for five of UNL’s high school Powered by Service trainers. Destiny, Kayah, Chykeem and Mameanta of New York’s Susan S. McKinney School of the Arts earned the opportunity to train students for the first time. Erick Perkins, an alum of UNL Milwaukee Leadership Academy, had trained previously in Milwaukee, but had never trained in another UNL market. The trip to Atlanta was Chykeem and Erick’s first time on an airplane, thanks to Southwest.

Erick posted on his social media, “Thank you Southwest. You made me more confident  to fly. New Look Milwaukee leader EP making a difference and being that example.”

Check out the New York trainers’ experience, start to finish, through their social media posts: