A Unique 10-year Leadership Program

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Usher’s New Look® (UNL) is a unique 10-year leadership program that develops under-resourced youth during their formative years to set them up for a lifetime of success. From the 8th grade through college, we work with young people to find their spark (passion), develop their whole person and finish their education, while being of service. Our three core programs are designed to empower students to lead at different stages of their lives and reward them a Leadership Certification backed by Emory University.


We’re working to empower the next generation of DISRUPTIVATORS—a person who uses her, his, or their spark to change the world in an innovative and disruptive way.

We Believe in 4 Leadership Pillars...





...here's why


100% of youth can identify their “SPARK”, a personal talent or passion that connects to a greater purpose


100% of UNL Leadership Academy youth graduate high school. 98% go on to college. 86% are first generation college students


100% feel they are equipped to engage in formal business events and successfully move their careers forward


100% of youth recognize they have the power to create local and global change


Powered by Service (Middle School)

The Local Leadership Certification

This one day, 4 – 6-hour intensive leadership program, powered by the Emory University Goizueta Business School and the Suntrust Foundation, introduces middle school students to the benefits of servant leadership, teaches financial literacy, explores career paths, and nurtures their spark with an emphasis on education.

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The UNL Leadership Academy (High School)

The National Leadership Certification

This four-year, 400-hour training program challenges high school students in our Four Leadership Pillars; Talent, Education, Career and Service. Students are educated on how to use their spark to be of service nationally. This program works to ensure every student graduates from high school and empowers them to have agency over their journey.

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The Moguls in Training Program (College)

The Global Leadership Certification

This advanced program engages participants formally from their freshman year until they land jobs in their field of study. Students receive a virtual college and career support system which develops them professionally and personally, while helping them secure internships. As participants advance, they are empowered to become official UNL peer trainers who travel nationally and internationally leading Powered By Service trainings.

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Disruptivator Club

Brining Our Leadership Academy to You

We’re expanding our Leadership Academy, making the programming, resources, and opportunities of Usher’s New Look® available to high school youth across the country. Youth will have access to on-demand virtual sessions and follow-up activities that will help them develop leadership skills, take actionable steps towards their futures, embrace the power of being in service to their communities, and become a part of a larger community of Disruptivators!