Throughout his career of nearly three decades, Usher and his philanthropic efforts have greatly supported disadvantaged communities. Today, Usher’s New Look (UNL) — the R&B legend’s nonprofit organization for under-resourced youth — has announced it has received a $500,000 grant from Truist Foundation.
“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,” Careshia Moore, president and CEO of UNL, said in a press release. “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.”
Truist Foundation has backed UNL for five years. Now, with this latest grant, it has contributed a total of $1.5 million to the advocacy and educational organization.
Since its launch in 1999, UNL has helped over 50,000 youth through programs revolving around education, professional development, mental health, wellness, etc. The $500,000 grant will support UNL’s financial literacy programming, which ensures that young people are placed on the right track toward financial wellness early on. It serves as empowerment for the youth to aspire to end intergenerational cycles of poverty.
“Truist Foundation is committed to helping Usher’s New Look advance its mission by empowering young people with access to financial wellness to help them make choices throughout their lives,” said Lynette Bell, president of Truist Foundation. “Usher’s New Look shares in our purpose to inspire and build better lives and communities. Their dedication and proven track record in guiding and developing the talent and skills of young people is unparalleled.”