Peer Power Sends 70 New Success Coaches into Shelby County Schools

July 23rd, 2019

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Mentor program guides Shelby County Schools students to graduation through tutoring and relationship building

July 18th, 2019

A partnership between the University of Memphis, Shelby County Schools and Peer Power enters its fifth year with greater student involvement and improved graduation rates for participating schools.  read more »

Peer Power: Class of 2019

June 3rd, 2019

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Whitehaven Signing Day

May 1st, 2019

We celebrated with the 87 Whitehaven High School seniors who collectively earned $188,185,512 in scholarships, having each individually been offered at least $1 million. read more »

University of Memphis Board of Trustees: Progress in the First Two Years

April 5th, 2019

Two years into the creation of our independent governing board and the shift to focus solely on the needs of our University, the UofM has experienced tremendous growth. read more »

Peer Power Foundation's Big River Crossing Half Marathon + 5K returns this November

April 2nd, 2019

MEMPHIS, TN—Peer Power Foundation is pleased to announce the third-annual Big River Crossing Half Marathon + 5K, to be held on November 2, 2019. read more »

Empowering The Next Generation

March 4th, 2019

In thanks for your support, we want to share how our teachers, students, and college students are making an impact through Peer tutoring and mentoring. read more »

The Memphis Model, Animated

February 6th, 2019

See how our unique partnership model builds success at all levels, from high school students to college tutors to educators.     read more »

Peer Power and UofM alumni team up to help Memphis students

January 16th, 2019

The University of Memphis and the Peer Power Foundation, a local nonprofit organization, partnered to form the Peer Power Institute, an organization aiming to assist Shelby County students by hiring U of M students and placing them in public schools to mentor younger students. read more »

Peer Power influencing high school students, mentors

January 14th, 2019

A nonprofit organization credited with helping raise Whitehaven High School’s graduation rate by 14 percent in three years expects to take its innovative approach to more schools soon. read more »

I want to be somebody, someday!

Kylea Spradley

I am currently a sophomore studying Biomedical Engineering at the University of Memphis. I also work as a success coach for Peer Power at East High School and I absolutely adore my job. The satisfaction from helping and encouraging young scholars is an overwhelmingly positive feeling that fills me with determination to constantly do better not only in my educational life, but in my personal life too. I take great pride walking into East High School knowing that I am not only a resource for the students, but also a mentor. I am that friend to talk to when something is going on, or even the outside opinion on a situation that shines the light onto a new viewpoint.

Peer Power to me is helping motivate students to graduate on time, and with dignity. Peer Power to me means inspiring that scholar to take the ACT again and raise their score, even if it is just by one more point. That one point can be the difference of a 2,000-dollar scholarship for college. Peer Power to me is getting the students excited for the endless possibilities past graduation, whether it be college or joining the work force. Peer Power to me is igniting the fire of determination and motivation under every student, and to welcome them into our world, post high school, with arms wide open, as that shoulder to lean on, as that support system when they need it.

Another reason why I love Peer Power so very much, is that it helps me to revisit old topics that I may have forgotten about when I was in high school. In turn, it benefits me in my college classes. As a biomedical engineering student, I take a ton of math classes. As a math success coach at East High, I get a refresh on topics that I haven’t seen in a long while, And if I am able to explain a topic, such as proofs in Geometry or absolute value functions in Algebra 2, to a student who may or may not have seen said topic before and for the students to understand it even just a little better, then I know that I fully understand the topic myself.

The relationships I have built during my time as a success coach at East High School are ones I will remember forever. Whether it be with my team leads, my teacher, students, and even other success coaches, the entirety of it all feels like a second family. I know that I have a support system at Peer Power, one that will always be there to pick me up when I am down, to congratulate me when I succeed, and one I can reply on in the future of my academic career.