Usher is getting political on us! The R&B recording artist attended a hearing on improving America’s commitment to service and volunteerism at the House Education and Labor Committee hearing room yesterday in D.C. He brought along some of the leaders from his New Look Foundation to talk to the political big wigs. Continue reading for the rest of the pics.
At the Education and Labor Committee hearing yesterday Members of Congress expressed why they believed that the panel was one of the best in all of their careers.
Among the witnesses was top music artist Usher Raymond IV, Chairman of the New Look Foundation. “The platform for what I’ve done for so many years gave me this opportunity to be here more than anything simply to be of a service to under served communities and give them the opportunity to know that there is opportunity there for them to track them throughout their careers…This is purpose over platform,” he said. Their signature program, Camp New Look, was created to expose youth to the business side of sports and entertainment. The program guides them to higher education and provides internships and shadow opportunities.
James Harris, a 19-year-old, who before becoming involved with the foundation said he grew up in a neighborhood where he took a lot of negative things as just being the norm. “I think the important thing is to incorporate service in to the school curriculum and reach them, educate them and get that appeal to the motion, get them into it, because once you connect the kids that want to work with the opportunity to work you will get an outstanding performance,” he said. Harris, who is attending Johnson Community College in North Carolina stated that young adults need to start getting motivated at a young. “You got to start in the school because in junior high school and high school, it may not seem like it because of the age bracket but that is a critical point in a kids life and really the experiences that they have then will determine who will be in adulthood.” he concluded.
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