Mr. Moussa Traore joined the Promise Zone team in 2016 as the HPHS college adviser.
"I believe that through education we can close the gap between different generations and celebrate prosperity together. I have a deep hope of never seeing a child lacking post-secondary educational opportunities in a world where social justice for less educated individuals tends to pose problems. Therefore, I want students to pursue education and to be the champions of change as 21th-century leaders."
As the Hazel Park High School college adviser, Mr. Traore's job is to work to ensure that every graduating HPHS student has a post-secondary plan for achieving their educational and career goals.
"My role is to advise students by giving them the right information concerning colleges," says Mr. Traore. "I am responsible for telling them what they need to know and giving them important information as to how they can reach their dream schools. I also assist them through scholarship searches, filing their college applications, submitting their FAFSA (Free Applications for Federal Student Aid), etc.
Mr. Traore says that he is working to illustrate the benefits of post-secondary education and establish a strong college-going culture, noting research showing that between 60-70 percent of jobs in Michigan and throughout the country will require a post-secondary credential by 2025. 'Post-secondary credential' refers to two- and four-year degrees, as well as certain certifications.
"I want every student to have a plan when they leave high school. I would like to see more seniors planning to enroll in four-year institutions. I want every student to believe and understand that they can be college bound. I want them to see and understand that college can be for them. I want them to understand that college can be accessible, affordable, and possible. I want them to understand that college can change their lives. "