Usher Raymond’s ‘I Can’t But You Can’ Voter Registration Campaign Goes National

2008-08-19 10:35:00

    Initiative Helps Youth Throughout The Country Learn The Election


    ATLANTA, Aug. 19 /EMWNews/ -- After a widely popular and

successful run in Atlanta, GA, today Usher Raymond IV announces the

national expansion of the "I Can't But You Can" voter registration campaign

beginning August 21, 2008 in Detroit, MI. Held last month as part of the

4th Annual Camp New Look in partnership with Rev. Joseph Lowery, 350 youth

completed curriculum based on the election/voting process and registered

nearly 1,000 voters during the inaugural program.

    As part of the "I Can't But You Can" campaign, on August 21 Usher and

his New Look foundation are planning several events to build registration

awareness and education to Detroit natives. In the morning, over 400

Detroit area youth are expected to participate in a voter registration

drive and rally from numerous organizations including Youthville, Detroit

NAACP, Mayor's Time, Youth Development Commission, LaSed, and the Derrick

Coleman Foundation. Usher will also be on hand to rally 6,000 poll workers

at a picnic in their honor encouraging them to lead by example and register

to vote. In addition, the MGM Grand Detroit will be hosting a special

reception and fundraiser to benefit Usher's New Look later in the evening.

Tickets for the reception are available via Ticket Master.

    The "I Can't But You Can" campaign geared towards youth age 17 and

under, boasts a dual focus objective. Before youth can register voters

under New Looks' initiative, they must first complete a 4-hour curriculum

and training course on the voting process. "This election impacts ALL

youth," says Usher. "I wanted to give teenagers more than the experience

and satisfaction of registering voters; I wanted to give them knowledge

that will engage them in our democratic process long after this election


    The "I Can't But You Can" campaign, which will also include multiple

public service announcements, will branch out to additional cities on

September 27th with rallies and drives held throughout the country. Lead by

New Look youth as part of the National Day of Action

(, confirmed cities include New Orleans, Cleveland,

Atlanta, New York, Boston, Oakland, and Los Angeles.

    Recently named the Youth Chair of ServiceNation, a national service

campaign, Usher will represent young people from around the country who are

committed to giving back to their communities. At the historic

ServiceNation Summit in New York City on September 11th and 12th, Usher

will serve as their voice while simultaneously raising awareness about the

importance of national and community service. He will challenge America's

youth to get involved and participate in activities both during and after

the Summit.

    Youth serving agencies can join the "I Can't But You Can" campaign by

downloading the free empowerment kit from The kit

includes campaign applications, Voting 101 curriculum, and report forms.

T-shirts can also be purchased via for $9.99 plus

shipping and handling.

    Usher's New look partners with youth serving agencies within the United

States including Communities in Schools, Hank Stewart Foundation, SCLC

Women, Future Foundation, and Lite House.

    About Usher's New Look Foundation

    Usher's New Look foundation, was established to empower youth from

underserved communities by giving them the skills necessary to enter

careers in the sports and entertainment industry with the intent of

increasing their economic stats and decreasing at-risk behavior. We

accomplish this through exposure, experience and opportunities. For more

information about Camp New Look, visit

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