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 must always work harder than others.

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.