On November 21, 2020, Big River Crossing Half Marathon + 5K benefiting Peer Power will present its fourth annual race making the interstate trek across the Mississippi River’s longest public pedestrian bridge. Starting at the foot of Beale Street on Riverside Drive, the half-marathon course takes runners over Big River Crossing, through the recently fully paved Big River Trail on the Arkansas flood plain with covered swales, and along Dacus Lake. The event also includes a 5K through Downtown and Tom Lee Park with inspiring views of Big River Crossing and the Mississippi River.
These races fund Peer Power’s mission to empower and inspire scholars through their innovative student-to-student tutoring program. Peer Power is active in schools throughout Memphis, serving more than 1,000 students every year. Since its inception in 2005, the program has resulted in significant increases in test scores, scholarship awards, and graduation rates for students involved in the program.
In 2015, Peer Power announced the Memphis Model in partnership with Shelby County Schools and University of Memphis. The program employs more than 100 University of Memphis tutors called Success Coaches who are trained and placed within high school classrooms. This unique configuration reduces the student-to-adult ratio from about 30-to-1 down to roughly 10-to-1. Success Coaches are paid, earn college credit, and gain professional experience while helping SCS students, and classroom teachers have higher job satisfaction and retention.
PEER POWER FAST FACTS:
Surpassed 1,200,000 hours of tutoring and mentoring since founding
Served 5,140 students at five high schools
Expanding by two high schools each year
84% of Success Coaches completed graduation requirements at the University of Memphis, a higher rate than the U of M honors college
64 Success Coaches have begun careers in education as teachers, guidance counselors, or administrators
ACT University students qualified for more than $3 million in TN Hope scholarships
Second-largest employer of University of Memphis students, only behind the University itself