On the Town with NYC

Usher’s New Look New York has been on tons of adventures the past month, even traveling to DC. Through our programs, youth get opportunities for practical, cultural and historical experiences. Here are just a few events they have enjoyed over the past month.


“Follow the Money Tour”

Our 10th and 11th grade youth went Washington, DC for our “Follow the Money Tour”.  We visited the Bureau for Printing and Engraving to learn how money is made and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau to learn how to protect our money.  We also took in some of the sights of Washington, DC including, the African American Museum, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Lincoln Memorial.  AND, we took a tour of Howard University’s campus!

Then, we heard from the Furlough Sisters – Nikki Howard and Jaqi Wright – two African American sisters who used their sparks to create a business during the government shut down (both of them work for government agencies).  Their “Furlough Cheesecake” is more successful than they could have imagined and they’ve been interviewed on ABC and CNN to name a few.  They also got a boost to their business financing from Ellen DeGeneres who surprised them on her talk show.  They shared their story with us and spoke about using your spark and creating opportunity to follow your passion and create a business.  They also talked about overcoming adversity by having a plan, executing on that plan and the importance of dreaming big!  Click on the link below to check out pictures from our trip.

HIGHLIGHTS: Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, Bureau for Printing and Engraving, The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, African American Museum, Howard University Tour, Lincoln Memorial, Dinner with the Furlough Sisters – creators of the Furlough Cheesecake


Career Spark Day at WeWork Montague

On February 13th we hosted our Career Spark Day at WeWork Montague where executives and entrepreneurs shared their experience, their unique journeys, the importance of nurturing relationships, self-care and overcoming obstacles and finding the path that’s right for you.

GUEST SPEAKERS: Jemaine Buchannan, Project Manager and Founder, Everyday People; Taren Guy, Lucid Living on YouTube; Michael McConnell, Founder, Mastermind Connect; Syreta Oglesby, SJO PR & Consultancy; Kristen Rich,Manager, Sports Brand Partnerships, FOX Sports; Qimmah Saafir, Hannah Magazine; Janelle  Stiell, Marketing Solutions Strategist and Consultant, Nickelodeon


King Kong on Broadway!

UNL students, friends and family were given the opportunity to experience Broadway, free of charge. Exposure to the visual arts is fundamental to the development of individual potential, social responsibility, and cultural awareness. Opportunities like these contribute to the intellectual, aesthetic, emotional, social, and physical development of UNL youth.


Upcoming Events

3/8 STEM Nights: Women in STEM Nights at the Hall of Science

3/9 Sista-2-Sista Youth Summit

3/14 & 3/21 – Leadership Academy at Bedford Academy High School

3/28 Brooklyn Museum Trip: In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll be going to the Brooklyn Museum to check out their current exhibit of Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo along with other artists of color.