In 1999, Usher Raymond IV Created a Global

Youth Leadership Development Movement.

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Usher’s New Look® (UNL) is a non-profit organization that transforms the lives of youth through life-changing programming. We begin working with young people in middle school all the way through college. Along the way, we help youth find their spark (passion), graduate from high school and move on to higher education and training to build successful careers and be of service to their communities. Our work helps youth future-proof their lives from systemic barriers to become leaders who change the world.

1.3 million students

drop out of high
school every year

Equivalent to

1 child every 26 seconds

4x less likely

to earn a living wage

75% of all crime

is committed by high school dropouts

Keeping the Spark Aflame

 

Our commitment to empowering the next generation of leaders is strong. We support youth through our 10-year leadership program, providing students with the skills and resources they need to thrive while also allowing them to earn local, national, and global Leadership Certification backed by Emory University.

1 IGNITE

POWERED BY SERVICE®,
7th – 8th grade

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2 IGNITE

LEADERSHIP ACADEMY,
9th – 12th grade

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3 IGNITE

MOGULS IN TRAINING,
POST-SECONDARY

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So far, we have served 50,000+ youth.

of Usher’s New Look Academy students graduate high school.

enroll in college.

are first-generation college students.