"Call Me Mister" program coming to EWC
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Edward Waters College is working to positively change elementary classrooms. The college adopted the “Call Me Mister” program this year. The goal is to provide leadership skills and scholarships to black males in order to get them to lead more elementary classrooms.
“We will actually sponsor your education with a scholarship if you agree that when you graduate, you will spend five years teaching in the elementary school system, said President Nathaniel Glover to a reporter about the program.
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 of those black men teach in elementary schools.
Leaders behind “Call Me Mister” hope that more African-American teachers will serve as positive role-models for their young students.
AT&T is one of several companies who have donated thousands of dollars to the program. Edward Waters College will kick-off the program in January 2014. The plan is to award three students with the scholarship.