Memphis Tutoring Program Going National Because of Success

November 19th, 2012

Every day around a thousand students in Memphis and parts of Mississippi are tutored through the peer power program started by an East High alum at his alma mater. The program will soon start-up in Arizona. read more »

Successful peer tutoring program begun in Memphis plans to expand

November 19th, 2012

A peer tutoring program that has seen success at schools in Tennessee and Mississippi is planning to expand. read more »

Peer Power tutoring program expanding: National rollout follows sucess in Miss., Tenn.

November 18th, 2012

A peer tutoring program that has seen success at schools in Tennessee and Mississippi is planning to expand. read more »

Successful peer tutoring program begun in Memphis plans to expand

November 18th, 2012

A peer tutoring program that has seen success at schools in Tennessee and Mississippi is planning to expand.  read more »

Help for Schools Only a Good Idea Away

November 16th, 2012

There's no denying the power of a good idea. Remember that next time you think the problems of public education in this city, in this country, can't be solved. read more »

Commodities trader McVean pushes own school reform, pays students to tutor

November 9th, 2012

Seven years after McVean created Peer Power — a student-to-student tutoring program where tutors are paid up to $10.50 an hour — at East High, his alma mater, he's out to double the schools in the fold and export the notion nationwide. read more »

STEM Academy dedicates new facilities in Memphis

October 30th, 2012

Tuesday afternoon marked the official dedication of the new STEM Academy facilities — which stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — at East High School, where 150 students from 20 MCS high schools complete some of the most advanced coursework available to high school students in the country. read more »

East High students called to serve in Binghampton

August 2nd, 2012

Broad and The Peer Power Foundation are partners in an upcoming back-to-school festival at East High School and a new initiative to foster volunteer service among East High students in the Binghampton neighborhood near the school. read more »

Urban Farm Combats Youth Unemployment

July 28th, 2012

Teenagers have a harder time finding work than any other age group, but an unusual coalition in Memphis, Tenn., is trying something new to bring their teens into the work world. read more »

Farm to Fork teaches kids useful skills, can-do spirit

March 17th, 2012

Shelby Farms Park teams up with the Memphis City Schools and the Peer Power Foundation program to teach students entrepreneurship, life skills, and about food and nutrition with the Farm to Fork Fellowship program. read more »

Grahamwood school digs model garden

March 15th, 2012

Peer Power volunteers, along with Urban Farms, help Grahamwood Elementary School students plant a garden and plan for a healthier school year. read more »

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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.