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IMPACTREPORT

2020 IMPACT REPORT

A NOTE 

FROM ADRIANE

As we look back on 2020, I am reminded of the challenges, stress and uncertainty — and yet, I am filled with an overwhelming sense of pride and gratitude.


Mentioned countless times, 2020 was an incredible year. If asked whether our nonprofit social enterprise, with an impact model based in sports and entertainment venues, would survive a pandemic, I would have been skeptical at best. To emerge from these circumstances, not only surviving but indeed thriving, speaks to the dedication and hard work of our youth, our staff, and our community of supporters.


As you’ll see below, we were able to support youth in the ways they needed us the most — with encouragement, skill-building, and often, funds to meet their families’ basic needs. Our staff rallied together, and because of the supportive environment they built for our youth — 97% of our participants said they would recommend Juma to a friend. I couldn’t be prouder.


Thanks to our many supporters, including our board, volunteers, funders and donors — we were able to provide virtual training and stipends to youth and keep Juma financially strong, ready to re-launch enterprise operations in the spring of 2021. I’m tremendously grateful.


We celebrate all we were able to accomplish in 2020, anchored in our values of Youth First and Stronger Together. Thank you for being part of our community during these incredible times.


Youth Demographics

91%

14%

23%

12%

19%

Are Low-Income

Have been enrolled in the foster care system

Have experienced temporary housing or homelessness

Have been involved with the juvenile or criminal justice system

Have reported experiencing challenges with mental health

(Reported income is less than 200% of federal poverty guidelines)

MORE THAN

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White

6%

Other

7%

Female

African American/Black

34%

46%

Male

52%

Hispanic/Latinx

34%

Asian

Transgender/Gender Nonconforming

2%

18%

ALEJANDRO'S JUMA STORY

When Alejandro turned sixteen, he found himself reflecting on responsibility. With four siblings at home and parents struggling to pay rent in the high-priced Bay Area rental market,  he wanted to contribute to his family’s wellbeing. Fortunately, Alejandro found Juma. Since then, Alejandro has learned new skills like how to take criticism, how to act on that feedback, and how to communicate better with new people. 

When COVID-19 hit, Alejandro struggled to find purposeful activities to fill his time, but, thanks to Juma, he was able to take classes online which kept him moving toward his goals. Today he is looking to his future with more excitement than ever knowing that when he takes on new challenges like college and a career, he will have the confidence and resilience he needs to succeed there.

A YEAR OF UNPRECEDENTED CHALLENGES

76%

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented challenges, but Juma and the youth we serve rose to the occasion. Together, we pivoted to continue making possible, possible. 

Of youth reported difficulty paying for basics like food, medical care, housing, and heating during the pandemic.  

380

90%

97%

Workshops Took Place Virtually on Topics such as Communication & Resume Writing

Of Juma Youth Engaged with Workshops During the Pandemic

Of Juma Youth Would Recommend Juma's Virtual Programming to a Friend

TAQUISHA'S JUMA STORY

Taquisha, an experienced cashier, was excited when she found out Juma would be more than just a job. But almost as soon as Taquisha started her Juma journey, COVID-19 changed everything. Thankfully, Juma had no intention of letting Taquisha or any other youth slip through the cracks. As soon as stadium closures were announced, the Juma team sprung into action to find new ways to keep youth safely engaged and earning.

Soon, Taquisha was back to learning skills for her future from the safety of her home and earning an income through Juma stipends to help support herself and daughter. As the Mother of a two-year-old, Taquisha was happy to find that Juma’s hours were flexible and designed to support her. While the pandemic made it hard for Taquisha to plan her next steps forward, she was happy to know she was developing skills which would be useful no matter what the future held.

Youth earned stipends and bonuses as they learned essential skills safely through distance learning:

Through the workshops I made sure my resume was up to par and I learned some tips for interviews that I used to obtain my new job.

ESSENTIAL CAREER SKILLS

Customer Service, Problem Solving, Teamwork 

JOB READINESS SKILLS

Communication, Resume Writing, Interviewing

FINANCIAL CAPABILITY

Budgeting, Saving, Credit

CAREER EXPLORATION

-Emily, 2020 Juma Youth

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ATLANTA | HOUSTON | SACRAMENTO | SAN FRANCISCO | SAN JOSE | SEATTLE