The Memphis Model

The Memphis Model” is a unique partnership of the University of Memphis (24,000 students), Shelby County School System (110,000 students) and Peer Power. It also combines market-based approaches with youth empowerment and educational practices.

 

The Peer Power Institute has been established at the University of Memphis adjacent to the Dean of the Department of Education in Ball Hall. This partnership enables Peer Power, Shelby County Schools, and the University of Memphis to create an environment of collaboration to ensure the success of our students and Success Coaches. 

 

Peer Power started the 2018-19 school year with 122 Success Coaches who received 48 hours of summer training at the University of Memphis and participate in Monthly Motivators, professional development training sessions aimed to sharpen their skills. The total number of hours committed by Peer Power for training will approach 10,000 by May 2019.

I want to be somebody, someday!

Tutor

April L. Jones

During my time with the program, I have had the privilege of working with outstanding individuals and future professionals.  From being involved in the program, my whole perspective of involvement and service oriented learning has grown.  The program can be analogous to wearing contact lenses; imagine that your doctor has given you a prescription to wear corrective lenses.  If you only wore one contact lens, your vision would be foggy and unclear.  Before Peer Power came to many schools, the aspirations and mental pictures of the many were bleak, foggy, and dim.  Yet once the fusion of Peer Power and the Memphis City School systems began, the goals and expectations of students became clearer and more focused in the same way as a great pair of contacts.  I am convinced that this program will continuously reach new pinnacles as fresh ideas and different individuals blend.  I am an eye witness to this each time I meet a new scholar and college mentor.