Born out of a need that was recognized while working with Camelback High, one SVPAZ partner launched a new non-profit, Support My Club.
SMC is an e-commerce solution where donors can support the needs of high school clubs and teams. Clubs post their specific requests and donors “shop” for items that speak to them. There are needs in Academics, Activities, Arts and Athletics and range from $2 to thousands – allowing every one to find an item no matter what their interests or giving abilities. Items are added to the online cart, donors make a 100% tax-deductible purchase and Support My Club delivers the item directly to the club! For every $100 of value received, the club completes one hour of community service, allowing the receiver to become the giver and the cycle of philanthropy to continue.
Peer Power is a Memphis, TN based non-profit organization that “recruits and trains high-performing students to tutor and mentor their peers, encourage active learning, value education and be personally accountable for their futures.”
The Peer Power Foundation has started a program at University of Memphis, Fogelman College of Business and Economics. The goals are: to assist the students in the 10 most difficult classes (examples, quantitative analysis, stat, Federal Tax, Accounting, etc), decrease the transfer rate to less challenging areas of study and increase the graduation rate.
The Dean Dr. Rajiv Grover identified 10 professors, who in turn nominated 30 tutors, Peer Power hired and began last week. It will be a great learning experience. Peer Power hopes to work with the local community colleges to help get their students prepared to join work force and to be ready if applicable to transfer to a 4 year institution.
It will help us in Memphis to assist a student through the entire academic cycle.
View an update letter from the founder
From the December 2013 Peer Power email newsletter:
Peer Power was founded in 2005 in the belief that if you could combine the methods of a one-room schoolhouse with the values of the American free enterprise system – where hard work is rewarded with honest pay – then you could begin to reverse the downward spiral of our public schools and inner city communities. Today, we are proud to report that Peer Power has exceeded our highest aspirations. Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS)* data from 2012-2013 demonstrate that students involved in Peer Power are academically surpassing their fellow students at a dramatic rate.
- In English I, East High School (EHS) students fell short of TVAAS predictions by 3 percentage points while Peer Power students at EHS exceeded them by 9; in English II, Peer Power students exceeded predictions by 18 percentage points while EHS students met expectations.
- In Algebra I, EHS students performed within 2 percentage points of TVAAS predictions, while Peer Power scholars exceeded them by 22.
- In Biology, EHS students met TVAAS expectations, while Peer Power students exceeded them by 31 percentage points.
These results aren’t just about test scores. They’re about the level of improvement that’s possible when students are given an effective supplement to classroom learning. Rather than continuing to performat the level expected based on their past achievement, students involved with Peer Power shatter the status quo.Peer Power needs your help to continue this life-changing work. Your support today will help redefine the future for Mid-South students and every community they touch. To learn more, meet our students, and make a donation, visit us online. Sincerely, Kela D. Jones Director of Development Peer Power Foundation * From TVAAS Fact Sheet: “Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) is a statistical analysis of achievement data that reveals academic growth over time for students and groups of students … TVAAS is a tool that gives feedback to school leaders and teachers on student progress and assesses the influence of schooling on that progress.TVAAS is not an additional student test, but rather an analysis of different tests/variables to produce a precise and reliable estimate of student progress and effectiveness of instruction over time … Up to five years of students’ available achievement data is used in the process to estimate performance.”
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