Usher’s Nonprofit Foundation Seeks to Empower Las Vegas Kids

‘Powered By Service’ program comes to Cheyenne High School

By Melissa Gill

One of Las Vegas’ hottest residency artists, Usher, who just wrapped up his first show run at The Colosseum inside Caesars Palace has done more than just rain Ushbucks or dine at local hotspot Esther’s Kitchen. His Las Vegas legacy also now includes his philanthropy work, too. Usher’s helping local Las Vegas high school students reach new heights through his non-profit foundation, Usher’s New Look Foundation. 

KTNV reported that Usher’s taking his “Powered By Service” youth training program to Cheyenne High School. According to Public School Review, Cheyenne High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in Nevada for overall test scores on proficiency tests in math and reading in 2018-2019. Usher’s new program offers guidance to help young kids pursue their passions and will hopefully be a great catalyst for positive change at the school. The Foundation presents an opportunity for a new and impactful way to motivate kids that may need extra resources in financial literacy, learning peer to peer leadership skills, networking and more. 

“They’re learning about leadership styles, how to identify leadership within themselves,” Careshia Moore, the Foundation President, told KTNV. 

Moore explained to the source that the program is meant to help students discover their “spark,” and empower them as they help set them up for a successful future. 

Usher’s program is conducted by college students to help uplift younger kids. After landing his residency at The Colosseum, Usher decided to bring his program to Vegas, Moore said to KTNV.

Usher’s Foundation website says that “100% of Usher’s New Look Academy students graduate high school,” and that the Foundation has helped “50,000 youth.” As most may know, Nevada’s education rankings have been some of the lowest in the country, which means programs like these are crucial for the community. According to US News, Nevada ranks 48th in K-12 grade, but does earn a better ranking in higher education, marked at number 9. 

Additional programs like Usher’s are a great incentive for students to participate in school and motivate them to get a higher education. The Foundation says that 98% of the participants in their program go off to college. Not only has Usher been gracing the Vegas stage with his talent, but he’s also contributing to the city’s education system. “Yeah!” to Usher.

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