WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF WORK AND THE POTENTIAL OF YOUNG PEOPLE
Unfortunately, too many young people want to work but lack the education, skills, and confidence they need to get and keep a job. Unless someone gives them a chance, they will remain trapped in a cycle of poverty.
Juma is a nonprofit social enterprise that operates businesses with the sole purpose of employing young people. We make sure they earn a paycheck, learn to manage their money, and gain essential skills like responsibility, teamwork, and how to communicate in the workplace. Ultimately, we connect them to their next job and set them on a path to a career.
were still retained at 90 days— the Industry marker for success
secured permanent employment or enrolled in post-secondary education
WHO WE SERVE
Our YouthConnect program serves youth who have become disconnected from school and work, or are at risk of disconnection, also referred to as Opportunity Youth. Most of these young people grew up in poverty. Some of them were part o the foster care system or were involved in the juvenile justice system. Many of them have been homeless at some point in their lives.
There are young people who have had little opportunity their entire lives and lack the resources or connections to navigate the education and workforce systems
"Juma is so much more than just a job. It gives you the opportunity to be something bigger."
Juma strives to break the cycle of poverty by paving the way to work, education, and financial capability for youth across America.
Our vision is that all young people have the opportunity to succeed, advance, and thrive in the career of their choice, competing in a job market that is inclusive, equitable, and diverse.
OUR PARTNERSHIP-BASED APPROACH
Juma partners with community-based organizations to ensure our young people receive the additional services they need, such as trauma counseling or housing, as they work toward rebuilding their future.
As part of our program, our young people explore and connect to education and training pathways that lead to stable careers in local high-growth industries.
Working closely with our employer partners across the retail, hospitality, and logistics industries, we are able to connect our young people to their next job and ensure they are positioned to thrive.
Since 1993 Juma has employed 9,275 young people who have earned $12.4 million in wages, saved $6.2 million for higher education and
generated $38.6 million in enterprise revenue to continue advancing our mission.
Making Possible, Possible.
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for other high potential youth who only need an opportunity to suceed.