Magic Johnson has taken life after sports to a new level. Not only does he own everything from his now trademark Magic Johnson Theaters to Starbucks and Fatburger’s franchises, now he’s building schools. Next week, Johnson opens two new locations of his Magic Johnson’s Bridgescape Academy in the Chicago area. These schools add to the 15 other Magic Johnson schools around the country, geared toward helping high school dropouts get their diplomas.
“I’m just trying to help these kids, just like you are,” Johnson told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “I’m trying to get these kids back into high school to get their diploma. There are over a million students dropping out every year, 7,000 dropping off every day. At our schools, we do a one-on-one as well as groups and we can go online to specialize a program to fit that student. We’ve graduated about 350 students already.”
Through a partnership with Chicago Public Schools. Magic Johnson Enterprises and Edison Learning, Inc., Johnson has taken on the challenge to help struggling young people complete their education. The schools, to be located in Chicago’s South Shore and North/South Lawndale neighborhoods, use a flexible, online and offline program to help attendees achieve their goal of a high school diploma.