JSU partnered with Clemson and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to establish the first Call Me MISTER program in the Deep South, introducing the first cohort of five students at JSU in Fall 2012, followed by second and third cohorts of five in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. To ensure that the effort continues, the JSU, Clemson University’s Call Me MISTER program received $1.3 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to collaborate with the College of Education and Human Development to increase the number of African-American male teachers in Mississippi K-8 classrooms. Nearly 100 students are enrolled in the program in six additional states: Florida, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Mississippi and Georgia.
Although only entering its third year at JSU, the Call Me MISTER program is already having measurable impact. To date, more than 1,550 K-12 and college students have been assisted through Call Me MISTER’s service efforts, with participants contributing more than 1,000 hours to organizations such as Jackson Public Schools, United Way of the Capital Area, Boys and Girls Club, JSU Kid’s Kollege, and the JSU Lottie Thornton Early Childcare Center. In 2013, the JSU Call Me MISTER program was selected to pilot the Call Me MISTER Dropout Prevention Model, developed by the National Drop Out Prevention Center at Clemson with the aid of a former Call Me MISTER graduate.
Benefits to students enrolled in Call Me MISTER include tuition assistance, professional development opportunities, and academic and social mentoring provided by a program coordinator and a faculty academic coach. Call Me MISTER participants major in Elementary or Early Childhood Education, and are required to maintain consistent, above-average academic engagement, including enrolling for at least 16 credit hours per term, maintaining a 2.75 GPA, following all attendance policies, developing an academic support plan, satisfying all requirements for the JSU Teacher Education program, and taking the PRAXIS exam by the end of their freshman year. MISTERs are expected to serve as ambassadors to other students and the community-at-large by maintaining a high standard of self-conduct and acting as mentors and positive role models at all times.
To listen to the Call Me Mister NPR Interview: "Men in America" series on All Things Considered, Monday, June 30, 2014, click here.
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For interest in becoming a MISTER, click on the links below.
Online Recommendation Form (Recommendations for CMM Applicants from an educator and a person of choice are to be completed online)