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Detroit has the lowest high school graduation rate of any major city in the United States; consequently, a small percentage of its citizens go on to graduate from a four-year college or university. This predominately African American city has the potential to be as powerful as it once was, but one of its most salient setbacks includes the low educational attainment level of the citizens. This monumental issue was the impetus that led me to found Project MUSE (Motor-city Urban Summer Enrichment), along with two of my peers, Kyla Taylor and George Hardy.
MUSE aims to introduce students to multiple aspects of education through the use of creative curriculums and seminars taught by undergraduate college students, and also promotes youth leadership and aspirations of attending institutions of higher education. After completion of the program, students will be exposed to high school concepts, have a clearer understanding of college expectations, and form long lasting relationships with collegiate mentors who will serve as academic and social resources throughout their high school years.