Grammy Award-winning performer Usher has, for many years now, widely influenced the youth through his New Look Foundation. Now, he and his leadership-driven foundation, working with the Georgia Department of Education, will take an active role in the development of a curriculum that will help create young leaders.
According to Usher, it's possible that students are "not engaged," meaning they don't see how things they are learning in school directly impact their career goals. "If there's an opportunity to engage youth and teach them or lead them to what they want to do with their lives, to become future leaders or entrepreneurs, then we're making a connection and we're doing exactly what the purpose of the new look foundation is," said Usher, who established New Look in 1999.
Usher's accomplishments as an entertainer have likewise convinced Georgia's First Lady Sandra Deal that he can duplicate his success outside of music and into his socio-civic endeavors. Deal, who is herself a teacher by profession but has since retired, is devoting her time to husband Governor Nathan Deal's public service work.
"They (youth) see the success of Usher and he encourages them to find their passion and follow it and to develop their own identity and own self worth," Deal believes. "He's giving them a reason finish schools and to be leaders in our communities and to solve the problems."