“ACADEMIA DO JOHNSON”
Johnson Semedo was born and raised in a neighbourhood in the outskirts of Lisbon, having endured a rough childhood that led him to heavy drug addiction, crime and 11 years spent at correctional facilities and prisons. Nevertheless, Johnson was able to turn his life around completely and, for a decade now, he has worked with young kids, trying to help them by sharing his personal experience and guiding them in order to prevent risk situations.
He founded Johnson’s Academy (“Academia do Johnson”), which is open to youngsters from different problematic neighbourhoods. There, he manages and coaches a futsal team and, through sportsmanship and Johnson’s positive influence, the kids are taught new skills and given new opportunities. Johnson’s Academy, while supported and championed by the Grupo Jerónimo Martins, continuously seeks volunteers to help expand the activities and support areas it can provide to its young attendees, such as: tutoring, sports coaching, psychological support and music and arts classes.