FROM BEN & JERRY’S TO SPORTS ARENAS.
In 1993, Juma Ventures became the first nonprofit organization to own and operate a commercial franchise—a single Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop in San Francisco. The initial enterprise gave homeless youth the job experience they needed to transition from living on the streets to enjoying a sustainable livelihood and stable adulthood.
Juma has since grown from a job-training and placement program serving a handful of youths to a comprehensive, award-winning, national youth development program and is considered one of the nation’s premier social enterprise programs.
NINE CITIES. 20 SOCIAL ENTERPRISES.
Today, Juma owns 20+ social enterprise operations and serves over 1,100 low-income youth per year in nine cities — Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Oakland, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Seattle. Partnering with major sports arenas, asset-building and educational partners across the country, Juma offers youth: employment, financial capability, and academic services.
As one of the country’s largest youth-run social enterprise operations— and the first to provide financial capability and matched savings accounts to teens — Juma has employed over 6,000 low-income students who have generated $29.4 million in enterprise revenue, earned $8.1 million in wages, and saved $5.8 million for higher education.
To learn more about Juma’s history, download ‘Changing Lives, Changing Times,’ a retrospective of Juma’s first decade as a social enterprise and youth development innovator.