• Ford to host opening night events with more than 200 corporate, foundation, New Look youth and government leaders
• New Look Youth of the Year Award to be presented by Ford Fund President at Passion and Purpose panel
• Ford to sponsor Community Day – “Powered by Service” training for more than1200 Atlanta middle school students
DEARBORN, Mich., June 18, 2012 – A group of accomplished national and international New Look youth leaders will join top executives and global leaders at Usher’s New Look Foundation’s third annual World Leadership Conference from June 19-22 in Atlanta, GA.
“Ford Motor Company is proud to return as a top sponsor of Usher’s New Look Foundation’s World Leadership Conference,”
During the opening day of the conference, which is held on the campus of Emory University, Ford will host the evening’s events including a "Passion and Purpose" panel discussion on uncovering your passions to discover your life’s purpose, and staying motivated and inspired to live life fully. David Burtka of E! News will moderate the discussion.
On Thursday, June 21, Ford will be presenting sponsor of New Look’s Community Day – “Powered by Service” training for middle school youth. New Look will pair 1200 middle school youth with corporate and community partners, where they will engage in innovative projects. Community engagement and service is one of the four leadership pillars promoted by the New Look Foundation.
"Youth encounter numerous challenges that may prevent them from realizing their dreams," said Shawn Wilson, President- Usher's New Look Foundation. "Ford Motor Company understands this, and is dedicated to empowering youth to ignite change within their local communities. We are proud to partner with Ford Motor Company for a third consecutive year, and look forward to future collaboration.”
Usher’s New Look Foundation empowers youth from across the globe in the four pillars of talent, education, career and service. Ford and the New Look Foundation joined forces during the 2010 World Leadership Conference to educate teen drivers about the dangers of distracted driving—such as texting while driving—through the award-winning national Ford Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) program. In addition to sponsoring last year’s event, Ford was presented the 2011 Youth Catalyst Award by Usher’s New Look.
About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 166,000 employees and about 70 plants worldwide, the company’s automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit http://corporate.ford.com.
About Usher's New Look Foundation
Established in 1999, Usher’s New Look Foundation has mentored over 10,000 youth through over 200,000 hours of training across its four leadership pillars – talent, education, career and service. Through the development of innovative programs and a culture of consistent evaluation, reflection and refinement, New Look has achieved the gold standard in leadership development and success for youth. Now in its twelfth year, New Look has seen 98% of participating youth graduate high school and go on to college. http://www.ushersnewlook.org/