We are devoted to giving students who have dropped out or those at risk of dropping out, the support and resources they need to obtain their high school diploma. We are dedicated to helping students build their future and reach their fullest potential.
We will set the standard not only for dropout recovery and prevention solutions, but also for quality educational opportunities, impactful internships and real-world experiences for our Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy students. Friends of Magic is committed to building the bridge for education, graduation and life transformation.
"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."
About 1 in 4 high school students does not graduate from high school with his or her class
Nearly 4 in 10 minority students do not graduate with their class
Total number of high school dropouts annually: 3,030,000
Number of high school students who drop out each day: 8,300
High school dropouts commit 75% of crimes in the U.S.
75% of America’s state prison inmates are high school dropouts
High school dropouts commit 75% of crimes in the U.S.
Friends of Magic’s approach to addressing the nation’s dropout epidemic does more than provide a student with a high school diploma, we provide our Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy students with the skills, resources and professional experiences necessary to ensure they are on track to achieve their personal, educational and professional goals. We believe that the strongest communities are those that have a proven track record of graduating and investing in their students. That’s why we seek out communities with the greatest opportunity for investment in their young adults. We engage neighborhoods where students are at-risk of falling through the cracks and where the communities are suffering due to the abundance of talent that is unrealized. Our vision is to see a nation with a 100% graduation rate and communities that are economically and socially vibrant. Join the movement – volunteer, advocate or donate today!
When asked about the decision to leave high school, 74% of dropouts say they would have stayed in school if they had the opportunity to do it all over again. You can help reverse this trend by joining Friends of Magic in our movement to provide these students a second chance at receiving their high school diploma and an opportunity to build their future through continued education and job opportunities. Every donation counts and puts us closer to our goal of giving Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy students a real chance to change their lives and build their future. Our educational program has a proven track record for success with a clear path for students to reach their fullest potential. You can feel confident that a donation to Friends of Magic will transform the lives of at-risk students and our most challenged urban communities.
"Coming to Bridgescape has made me want to be in school every day. I really feel like I am learning something here. If I don't understand, I get help. I think this school has made me more mature and I really feel like I have a chance at a future. They care about me as a person here.” MJBA Student
An MJBA Street Team can reach 500 homes in four hours in communities with the highest number of dropouts. We take a grassroots approach to reintroducing at-risk students to the opportunities a high school diploma can provide and describing the impact the caring staff at our Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies can have on their educational experience. Relationships with a caring adult are embedded in our educational model, and our relationship with students start with a smile and a hand shake in their neighborhood from passionate, proactive community members like you. Join our movement to decrease the high school dropout epidemic by connecting with potential MJBA students where they live. You can also show you care by sharing your talents and skills with our current MJBA students. Teach our students a new skill, listen to their vision for their future, sign-up to be a mentor or be the link to vital resources within the community. You can transform the life of a student with the gift of your time. Inspire a student today.Volunteer Now
You can be a part of a team that leads the charge to provide dropout and at-risk students another chance to build their future by advocating for a Magic Johnson Bridgescape in your community or by opening an MJBA in your district. Your action will lead to a more vibrant and productive community; a community with a decreased dropout rate will benefit from an immediate economic impact as new jobs are created, expendable income rises, and home ownership increases. Become an advocate for our students and provide them with an excellent opportunity to get back on track and realize their full potential.Advocate Now
The median earnings of a full-time worker 25 years of age or older with a high school diploma is $10,000 more than a student of the same age range who has not received a high school diploma. Give MJBA students a solid foundation from which their career path can begin. The MJBA internship program is flexible and customizable to provide authentic opportunities for students to further their career path and enhance their professional and interpersonal skills. Internships enhance our students’ professional trajectories and give local organizations and corporations the opportunity to leverage the abundance of untapped talent that exists in their community. Be a part of the dropout recovery and prevention movement by helping Friends of Magic build the bridge to education, graduation and life transformation.Build a Bridge