This past Thursday, Usher’s New Look Foundation reached its 15-year milestone and celebrated in Atlanta, Georgia with some of the world’s biggest stars. Celebrities, corporate partners and top business leaders showed up to show their support of the organization’s youth empowerment programs.
The unofficial mayor of Atlanta, Ludacris, hosted the gala and its 450 attendees, including Rico Love, Jermaine Dupri, Sugar Ray Leonard and the actual mayor of Atlanta, Kasim Reed.
The event honored many amazing individuals and organizations striving for excellence and doing great things within their community. In an on-site chat with TheGrio, the eight-time Grammy Award winner, who started this non profit at the tender age of 20, stated “A lot of kids find their way from high school to disaster. If you can meet them there, if you can find a way to talk to them and engage them…you can change their lives.”
The luncheon raised more than $1 million and an on-site live auction raised an addition $98,000, all of which will go directly to helping the community’s under served and disenfranchised young adults.
Since it’s inception in 1999, the New Look Foundation has assisted over 21,000 children and teens. It’s mission is to certify and empower the youth in talent, education, career and service with a dynamic program that provides them with mentors, internships, career advice, curriculum-based leadership training and travel opportunities.
Need proof that the program has thus far been way more than successful? All of its participants graduate from high school and 98% go to college. 22 year old Jasmine Pollard, one of their shining stars, has been with the program since the 7th grade. She is now the first in her family to graduate college and is now pursuing her passion for singing while embarking on a great career.
Congratulation Usher and all those who have benefited form his foundation!