This Buzz column was written by Erica Relaford , a journalism student at Savannah State University.
Usher established the New Look Foundation with the help of his mother, Jonetta Patton, in 1999.
"The New Look Foundation and our leadership program have continuously developed service-minded youth leaders who see that they can be the change that they wish to see in the world if they simply try, " he said. "Education, talent, career and service --- that's how we're making a difference every day for the future that's projected for our young men and women."
Michele Lai, founder of Kids 4 Kids, a Hong Kong-based nonprofit that creates opportunities for young people, received the Ignitor of Global Youth Empowerment award. Elizabeth Williams, who joined Usher's New Look Detroit branch as a high school student and is now a senior at Grand Valley State University, received the Ignitor of Global Youth Leadership Award. She and her sister, Rebecca, launched an organization called Books IV Bonding, which provides literature to struggling schools both in Kenya and Detroit.
The event left everyone inspired.
"I'm so excited that Usher's New Look Foundation is committed to educating, empowering and engaging today's youth to be tomorrow's leaders, " said Rea Davis of allhiphop.com.
Added Hip Hop Town Hall founder Renee Gardner: "Usher's New Look program inspires people of all economic levels and abilities to extend a hand to the community and make the world a better place."
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