Let's step back and applaud these two stars for their efforts here. Magic Johnson, someone who doesn't have natural ties to Chicago mind you, has linked up with Common and CPS to launch an education program identifying at-risk students in need of education for a high school diploma. Students who are unable to attend a traditional high school can enroll in this program at the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, which is another nice step in the right direction to help combat the city's high dropout rate.
There are 150 students at MJBA in the Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. And there’s a waiting list.
Tasha young was out of school for three years before enrolling in the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy. She couldn’t focus in a traditional high school. There were too many distractions. She’s also the mother of a 1-year-old and needs a flexible schedule. The program at this alternative school was a fit for her.
The first class from the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy graduates in the spring.
Magic was teary eyed yesterday in the press conference and spoke with WGN about just wanting to be a mentor to these students like he's had his share of mentors growing up. It's great to see the basketball legend and our hometown legend Common come together to help the youth and spread awareness. And just as important, it's a delight to get a glimpse at some of these students hard at work trying to get a good education! *tips hat* to everyone involved!
For more information on the school, email Natalie.email@example.com
"Much respect to @magicjohnson for helping the youth in Chicago by opening schools! Congrats!!" - Common
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