Nonprofit helping JCPS students study for the ACT

May 8th, 2020

Nonprofit helping JCPS students study for the ACT


LOUISVILLE, KY — Students and teachers are adjusting to new types of learning right now, but standardized tests like the ACT and SAT are still required by universities — even if test dates have been moved. 

Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) partnered with a Tennessee nonprofit to make sure often-disenfranchised groups of students have every advantage possible.

Memphis-based Peer Power Foundation has been serving Shelby County, Tennessee for 16 years, placing college standouts in classrooms to give individual attention. 

With schools and libraries closing, Greg Vann of JCPS reached out to his old friend, the director of the foundation, to bring its virtual resources to Louisville schools as students prepare for the ACT. Vann told Spectrum News 1 this is a great opportunity, especially for students of color.

"To have a program that is free for students; is virtual, so you don’t have to rely on transportation, you don’t have that barrier of transportation, and it’s quality; that’s something that you can’t find anywhere else," Vann said over a video conference call with Spectrum News and Peer Power Program Director Cortney Richardson.

The Peer Power foundation is accepting applications for next year’s test season. Interested parents and students are encouraged to apply here.

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Chris Xa

 I am a native Memphian with a unique passion for Economics. I am a proud son of immigrant parents. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Economics at the University of Memphis specializing in Labor Economic, Education Economics, and Econometric. I have the honor to serve Peer Power as a Doctoral Fellow, where I study education data and school environments to better help the kids we serve. My topics of research (both within and without of Peer Power) include: Labor policies within educational settings, Teacher incentive policies and retention rates, Human capital measures, and Public funding allocation efficiency. Outside of school and work I love to cook and cheer on our Memphis Grizzles.