Statement of Need
The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) National Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader more diverse background particularly among the State's lowest performing elementary schools. Student participants are largely selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities.
The project provides:
- Tuition assistance through Loan Forgiveness programs for admitted students pursuing approved programs of study in teacher education at participating colleges.
- An academic support system to help assure their success.
- A cohort system for social and cultural support.
An annual donation will be made by the Foundation. Funds from the annual Fantasy Camp, Foundation fund raising events, and at-large donations will be used. In April, 2013 the foundation donated $20,000 to fund a “co-curriculum” for the Call Me MISTER students. The “co-curriculum” is a series of various leadership and communication skill development workshops and seminars focused on preparing the students to transition to the classroom as real-life teachers. Since 2009 $60,000 has been invested in the Call Me Mister program.
More information on Call Me Mister can be found at www.callmemister.clemson.edu.