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R & B star Usher brings his teen mentoring foundation to London

posted 19 Feb 2011, 13:32 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 19 Feb 2011, 13:34 ]

R&B star Usher brings his leadership foundation "New Look" to the United Kingdom, surprising a group of teenagers at a London Community Centre.

U.S. R&B singer Usher introduced his charity "New Look" to the United Kingdom on Saturday (February 19), with a surprise visit to a group of teenagers.

West London's Brunswick Club was where the teens were participating in a workshop run by the foundation, which mentors young people from impoverished areas in the hope they'll become global leaders.

As they learned about leadership, Usher suddenly walked through the door, making his entrance to screams of delight.

"I felt a bit a bit shaky because it was Usher," said one girl... "I couldn't actually talk. It was too emotional."

Another said, "I started crying because I couldn't believe it was Usher cause I don't really see famous people that much, so I was really happy."

Speaking to Reuters Television, Usher explained what the foundation is about.

"This is something I felt that was personal to me. Motivating the youth, giving them an opportunity to have a new look on life through real world experiences. Chances are a kid will be influenced by one of two things: being a product of his environment or being a product of his or her experiences. And I wanted to give kids an opportunity to see something positive, especially those kids who come from impoverished areas."

In addition to his presence, he gave the each of the workshop attendees a ticket to his London concert on Monday night (February 21), resulting in more screams.

"Obviously being greeted by claps, screams and high-pitched voices is a good thing, but more than anything to have the ability to introduce something they didn't expect. You know, once I got a chance to hear from the the kids and understand that they had processed or at least taken in some of what we had said, for me, that was the best part," he said.

Usher started the New Look foundation in 1999 and says it's helped 8,700 young people across the world succeed as leaders in their communities.