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iLEAD: Usher and Accenture team up, align with public schools to train 50,000 youth to be global leaders

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Kids!
I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!
Kids!
Who can understand anything they say?
Kids!
They a disobedient, disrespectful oafs!
Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers!
While we're on the subject:
Kids!
You can talk and talk till your face is blue!
Kids!
But they still just do what they want to do!
Why can't they be like we were,
Perfect in every way?
What's the matter with kids today?

What IS the matter with kids today? The answer: Absolutely nothing. At least not once Usher and Accenture train them to be the leaders many are destined to be through what looks to be a wonderful, productive, positive project. This is exactly what we should be doing, emphasizing important skills for our kids, and showing them they can shine... with a little help from the pros (more at the link).

Sometimes those pesky corporations we love to complain about can do very good things. Hey, they're people too, right?

Usher's New Look, a non-profit organization founded by Usher Raymond IV, today announced their partnership with Accenture to help New Look reach its goal of training and certifying 50,000 youth as global leaders. The effort reflects Accenture's Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative.

Over two years, Accenture is supporting New Look with a more than $900,000 contribution, which includes a cash grant as well as pro bono support to develop iLEAD – an online, interactive, curriculum-based platform that will provide data management and tracking for students and parents as they move through New Look's four leadership pillars – talent, education, career and service.

Through the iLEAD platform, New Look will be able to better track the progress of enrolled students. It will also support developing leaders in schools, raising graduation rates and preparing youth for college and career readiness.The platform will align with national public school, career training and development standards.

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