Updated: 4/21/2014 5:12 PM CST BY TOM JOYNER FOUNDATION
Edward Waters College officially rolled out the Call Me MISTER program. The grant is open to African American males majoring in elementary education.
MISTER – which stands for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models – is aimed at bringing more black males into education, specifically elementary classrooms.
EWC partnered with Duval County Public Schools to present a fellowship program that brought about 100 high school juniors and seniors from across
Duval County to the campus.
The program began with a breakfast in the Adams-Jenkins Sports and Music Complex. A panel discussion was later held about “The Importance of African Americans in Education,” in the Milne Auditorium.
According to the Department of Education, black males only make-up two-percent of the 4.8 million educators across the country. Less than one-percent are elementary school teachers.
The MISTER Program, which begins next fall, will provide financial assistance and one-on-one academic counseling to a select group of
black male students.
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