In an effort to increase the number of former dropouts receiving their high school diploma, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, two-time NBA Hall-of-Famer and business titan, is making new friendships to take action in addressing the high school dropout epidemic.
“As many as one quarter of our nation’s students are not finishing high school,” said Earvin “Magic” Johnson. “Our goal is to ensure that no student falls through the cracks, and that all students have the opportunity to receive their high school diplomas and be fully prepared for college or the workplace.”
The mission of Friends of Magic is to be the authority in dropout recovery and prevention solutions. Friends of Magic will set the standard not only for giving high school students the resources and assistance they need to graduate, but also by offering them the opportunity to build their future through educational resources, internships and real world experiences. Friends of Magic will help build the bridge to education, graduation and life transformation.
The very first “friend” of the Friends of Magic organization is Chicago-native rapper/actor Common. "My personal admiration for Magic Johnson as a professional basketball Hall-of-Famer and now a successful businessman spans decades. The opportunity to collaborate with him on a grassroots community level where we share mutual interest is a dream come true,” Common said. “He is a long time supporter of the Common Ground Foundation and it is an honor to extend backing as the first official "friend" of the Friends of Magic organization."
Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies, operated in partnership with the national educations services provider EdisonLearning, provides students who have dropped out or are at risk of dropping out of school, with a free alternative path to earn a high school diploma in an environment that fits their schedule, life circumstances and learning needs. Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies are currently in 6 states with a total enrollment of 1,675.
Friends of Magic launched yesterday at a press conference in Chicago. For more information about Friends of Magic, visit www.friendsofmagic.com.
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