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National Dropout Prevention Center/ Call Me Mister

National Dropout Prevention Center/ Call Me Mister

In cooperation with partners such as the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, ETV presented The ETV American Graduate Summit at the ETV Telecommunications Center in Columbia, S.C. on October 18th, 2011. ETV American Graduate informs the public about S.C.’s graduation rate, linking stakeholders, including educators, parents and students to local educational resources, community organizations, youth groups, and alternative learning options.
 
The event was hosted by P.A. Bennett of ETV's CONNECTIONS, a weekly television program on the issues and concerns of minorities in South Carolina. Visit the ETV American Graduate website to view archived video of the event. A keynote address was delivered by Dr. Samuel Drew of the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network.
 
The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N) was begun in 1986 to serve as a clearinghouse on issues related to dropout prevention and to offer strategies designed to increase the graduation rate in America's schools. The National Dropout Prevention Center/Network has worked to improve opportunities for all young people to fully develop the academic, social, work, and healthy life skills needed to graduate from high school and lead productive lives. By promoting awareness of successful research and evidence-based programs and policies related to dropout prevention, the work of the Network and its members has made an impact on education from the local to the national level.
 
The ETV American Graduate Summit engaged the public on issues related to dropout prevention, linking our statewide community to available resources, while highlighting individual success stories resulting from successful strategies or proven programs, such as Call Me Mister.
 
The mission of the Call Me MISTER (acronym for Mentors Instructing Students Toward Effective Role Models) Initiative is to increase the pool of available teachers from a broader, more diverse background, particularly among the state's lowest performing elementary schools.  College student participants with high academic potential, a demonstrated commitment to teach and a servant-leadership orientation are largely selected from among under-served, socio-economically disadvantaged and educationally at-risk communities. As graduates, students are expected to have an impact by returning to critical-need schools and communities to pursue their professional careers.

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