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About Our Organization

Peer Power is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains high-performing college students, called Success Coaches, to tutor in public school classrooms and mentor high school students to encourage active learning, valuing education, and being personally accountable for their futures.

Peer Power’s mission is to inspire and empower youth to take control of their academic success.

Our History

A successful entrepreneur and dedicated philanthropist, Charles McVean had grown increasingly troubled by the poor performance of Memphis’ public schools and believed that the American free enterprise system held the remedy. Combining a performance-based compensation model with the powerful effects of peer groups, he launched his unique student-to-student tutoring concept at East High School. The program was successful and soon evolved into Peer Power.

Peer Power introduced the Memphis Model in partnership with Shelby County Schools, the largest school district in Tennessee and the University of Memphis, the 25,000+ student urban institution in Memphis, TN. The program employs over 125 University of Memphis “Success Coaches” who are trained to tutor and mentor students in classrooms during the school day. This unique model strives to place two Success Coaches in every high school level Math, Science, English and U.S. History course tested by the State of Tennessee. Peer Power currently serves in 8 public schools in Shelby County.

Peer Power is making progress now by placing students in leadership roles that prepare them for lifetimes of success. Now that we know the model works, we see a terrific opportunity for bringing it to more students in more schools, which will require additional funding from a greater range of sources. Peer Power seeks partners who are passionate about changing the lives of children today.

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Race Across The River

 On November 21, 2020, Big River Crossing Half-Marathon + 5K benefiting the Peer Power Foundation will present its fourth           annual race making the interstate trek across the Mississippi River’s longest public pedestrian bridge.

Race Info

For the first time ever, Peer Power has partnered with Memphis Runners Track Club (MRTC) to incorporate the Big River Crossing Half-Marathon + 5K as the final event in their Road Race Series. With an estimated 1,000 additional runners incorporated from MRTC, the 2020 race will be our biggest event to date.

Starting at the foot of Beale Street on Riverside Drive, the BRX Half-Marathon course takes runners over Big River Crossing, through the Big River Trail on the Arkansas flood plain, and along Dacus Lake. The event also includes the BRX 5K through Downtown and Tom Lee Park with inspiring views of Big River Crossing and the Mississippi River.

The BRX Half-Marathon + 5K will fund Peer Power’s mission to empower and inspire scholars through Peer Power’s innovative student-to-student tutoring program. Your sponsorship will create a public connection with this unique event and the transformative work it supports.


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Peer Power Foundation
P.O. Box 111249
Memphis, TN 38111

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