Commodities trader McVean pushes own school reform, pays students to tutor
Charlie McVean drops into the after-school tutoring program he funds at Whitehaven High School, and 60-some students, all in Peer Power T-shirts, hush like the court in front of the king.
In a second, they are chanting — no, cheering — the creed the Memphis-born commodities trader wrote. When they get to the part that says, "Life is a competitive sport; I want to be somebody, someday," the room explodes in a sea of jumping kids and jabbing fists.
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.