Better with Numbers

Results from our fully implemented program show that Whitehaven’s graduation rate rose from 74.8% to over 90% during our engagement. Over the last 4 years, Whitehaven’s graduation rate has consistently been twelve percentage points higher than the Shelby County Schools’ average. It is currently the highest-rated public high school in Shelby County based on TVAAS evaluations measuring growth. Whitehaven High School’s class of 2017 also earned $130 million in scholarships.

Peer Power Quick Facts: 

  • 1,100,000+ hours of paid tutoring since 2005
  • Created 1,600+ quality jobs for students
  • More than 10,000 students involved in programs
  • Average ACT score increase of 3.2 points, enabling many scholars to be first in their families to attend college
  • Largest outside employer of University of Memphis students
Life is a competitive sport.

Jennifer Williams

I am a Junior at the University of Memphis, and my majors include criminal justice and social work. I work at East High School as a Success Coach within Peer Power. First and foremost, Peer Power is more than just a job. Peer Power is fellowship and understanding combined with the encouragement and tools needed to be the best that I can be, both in and outside of work. It’s taking that encouragement and those tools and empowering high school students to do the same. Peer Power has impacted me as an individual by giving me the opportunity to positively impact the lives of students, teachers, and my peers, as well as giving me life skills that I will utilize throughout my entire life.