Spark Alumni Spotlight with Moziqe Howard

Moziqe Howard joined Spark the Journey in 2016 as a senior in high school because, in her words, “I was the sort of child who always sought additional support and I knew I would need it once I started college.” Originally from Washington, DC, she worked as a Human Resources Assistant with the DC government for a year after graduating from college, and is now an aspiring entrepreneur with the goal of making a difference in her community by empowering youth to enhance their confidence.

What’s one memorable moment from your time with your mentor? 

My mentor has attended all of my events to celebrate my accomplishments, and I am grateful for her. One of my most memorable times with my mentor was in December of 2018 when I was going through a difficult period in my life. She asked me out to dinner, and we talked. Just having her there made me feel a lot better.

How did your mentor help you through the college application process and through the career preparation process? 

My mentor helped me prepare for college by assisting me with my college applications and editing and revising my personal statement and scholarship essays.

What college did you go to and what career path did you choose?  

I attended North Carolina Central University and chose to pursue Human Resource Management as a career.

In what ways has Spark the Journey impacted your life? 

Spark the Journey has changed my life by connecting me with a mentor who genuinely cares about my success and well-being. My mentor has assisted me several times and constantly encourages me to stay focused and pursue my aspirations and objectives.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? 

In my free time, I enjoy doing hair and inspiring youth to improve their self-confidence.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? 

The best advice that I ever received was to not be constrained by my circumstances, but to overcome them with adversity, hope, faith, and love.

What’s an accomplishment in work or in life that you’re especially proud of? 

My greatest accomplishment in life thus far is graduating debt-free from college with the highest GPA in my concentration.

What would you tell a young adult considering getting involved with Spark the Journey? 

My advice to a young adult contemplating becoming involved with Spark the Journey is to join the program and receive all the assistance you can while you are young, because life does not get easier, and we all need a little help. Never give up on your aspirations, and never be hesitant to seek support.