Usher’s High School Literacy Program Awarded $500,000 to Bolster Nationwide Financial Literacy Initiative


Usher’s New Look (UNL), one of the nation’s leading advocacy and educational organizations for young people worldwide, has received a $500,000 grant from the Truist Foundation.

The grant will support UNL’s high school leadership program, including its financial literacy programs.

The nonprofit foundation was founded in 1999 by recording artist and philanthropist Usher Raymond IV. The organization aims to transform the lives of under-resourced youth through comprehensive programming. The ultimate goal, to create a new generation of community leaders and end the intergenerational cycles of poverty.

This includes teaching young people how to develop healthy money habits through real-time workshops and how-to sessions, covering topics such as workforce development, servant leadership, entrepreneurship, budgeting, credit and debt, savings, investing, financial health, skill development and more.

“Breaking the cycle of poverty and debt is tantamount to the future success of young people, particularly in these challenging times where we see that there are currently 16 million children living in poverty today,” says Careshia Moore, president and CEO of Usher’s New Look.

“This is, therefore, a proud moment for Usher’s New Look, and we are so very grateful to Truist Foundation for this transformational grant that will enable us to further our mission and touch the lives of hundreds of young people, helping them prepare for their futures while uplifting themselves and their communities at the same time.”

According to the official website, “100% of Usher’s New Look Academy students graduate high school.”

The program has already touched the lives of more than 50,000 students.

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