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Call Me MISTER National Initiative

Phelps Stokes Fund

  • Program Exploratory and Special Projects
  • Program Area Special Projects
  • Grant Amount $200,000
  • Grant Period March 1, 2005–April 30, 2006
  • Location Washington, DC, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Call Me MISTER is a program that recruits, trains and secures employment for African-American males as teachers in South Carolina elementary public schools. Created in 1999, the program has expanded to include more than 100 participants on nine campuses.Funding will enable the Phelps-Stokes Fund to build upon the best practices learned during the past five years and develop a Call Me MISTER National Initiative, based in Washington, D.C. The goal of the initiative is to begin replicating the program at other institutions of higher learning, adapting it to their particular circumstances and needs. In addition to a small national office, there will be regional offices strategically located throughout the U.S. that will work with local institutions. Partnerships with community colleges will provide low-cost remediation for aspiring teachers who are unprepared for college.The Phelps-Stokes Fund, established in 1911, has been instrumental in improving education for African-Americans, Native Americans and Africans.