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Usher Inspires Youth to Mobilize for Haiti

March 2, 2010

In the wake of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, music legend Usher Raymond IV teamed up with us to help the victims. Through his non-profit, Usher's New Look, Usher challenged young people to raise $5 each to help the United Nations’ emergency response.

Usher motivated his younger supporters to mobilize by organizing local fundraisers with the proceeds benefitting their peers in the earthquake affected region. Within a few days after the disaster, thousands of youth responded from all around the word.

In India, an 11 year old girl named Makayla G. Gilliam-Price made beaded bracelets to raise money for Usher’s Haiti relief efforts. In Malaysia, youth leaders from the ‘Power of 10Sen’ group mobilized 400,000 youth to raise small donations in their schools and communities. And Kimberly Mcmillian at the Benjamin Franklin Senior High School in New Orleans raised $2,500 by organizing a day where all students could wear Saints hats to school for a small price.

Makayla and Kimberly are great examples of how anyone - at any age - can use their talent and passion to help save lives and rebuild futures in Haiti.

After hearing Usher’s call to action and how young people were responding, Will Smith, NFL star athlete with the New Orleans Saints, joined Usher's Haiti relief and contributed $20,000 to send a mobile health clinic to Haiti on behalf of the world’s youth.