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Magic Johnson Gives $10M Boost to Fight Chicago Youth Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the program is meant to reduce violence in the city by helping kids get job training

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    Magic Johnson Donates $10 Million to Chicago Youth Summer Jobs Program

    Basketball legend Magic Johnson lives up to his name today as the NBA great and his partners at Inner City Youth Empowerment donated $10 million to a summer jobs program in Chicago. NBC Chicago’s Dick Johnson reports. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015)

    Chicago officials say that One Summer Chicago Plus, a summer youth jobs and violence prevention program, is getting a $10 million boost from NBA great Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

    The city announced Tuesday that Johnson's Inner City Youth Empowerment organization will invest the money over two years. The city plans to spend $6 million in the same period.

    The money is expected to help fund 5,000 jobs, tripling the size of the program.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the program is meant to reduce violence in the city by helping kids get job training.

    One Summer Chicago Plus provides employment opportunities for our youth who need it most," said Emanuel. "The City of Chicago, with the support of our community and business partners, remains committed to reducing violence in our city. Through this generous grant, more youth will stay safe, active and engaged this summer while getting the skills and on-the-job training necessary for a bright future."

    The mayor began the program in 2012 to connect youth who are at a higher risk for violence with a 25-hour per week summer job and a mentor. Kids also receive behavioral therapy and social-skills building.

    The funding is not the first investment Johnson has made in Chicago's youth. In 2013 he opened two two Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies in the South Shore and North/South Lawndale neighborhoods.

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