2019 presented the opportunity to deliver our signature program, YouthConnect, in our six markets for the first time. Focused on working with those with whom we could have the most impact, we served 93% youth of color and 18% of our participants were experiencing homelessness or housing instability. Our program innovations ensure we can support our most vulnerable youth — those transitioning from the foster care or juvenile justice systems.
Never has it been more clear that Juma is unique in creating a supportive work environment — a supportive first job experience — for youth who need it the most. Over our 26 year history, this has been our core, with nearly 9,000 youth getting the chance to earn their first paycheck and learn what it means to be part of the Juma family.
And while our program model and results speak for themselves — what I find most meaningful are the stories of youth like Lizbeth and Steven, who through Juma, found their own voices. These youth are our future and give us hope. Thank you for supporting Juma, and investing in our future.
have been involved in the Foster Care system
have experienced temporary housing or homelessness
have been involved in the juvenile or criminal justice system
Juma was a turning point for Lizbeth, who had been afraid to seek a job because she was young and inexperienced. Fortunately, she heard that Juma was just for young people and decided to apply. Soon, Lizbeth was earning and learning skills that would prepare her for a bright future. “At school I usually did all of my work alone because I wanted to do it right,” she explains. “But at Juma I had to learn teamwork—if you don’t use teamwork you can’t get the job done. Eventually my team became my friends outside of work too."
At Juma, Lizbeth gained confidence and skills. her Program Coordinator connected her to Gap's This Way Ahead Program where she could continue to learn and grow. One day, she hopes to be a Social Worker, but in the meantime, she's glad to have a supportive team behind her helping her to reach for her goals. "I’ve met so many people. I never could’ve done it without Juma,” says Lizbeth. “I am also a first generation immigrant and Juma has given me the confidence to express myself and be proud of who I am and where I come from.”
EARNING & LEARNING
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Avg. Wages Earned
Hours of Training Delivered
Paid in Youth Wages
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JOB READINESS SKILLS
CAREER EXPLORATION & CONNECTION
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Without Juma, I wouldn’t have $20 in my wallet right now. I was able to realize that there are a lot of responsibilities I have to handle and I learned to save.
of youth opted for direct deposit with help from juma staff and
local banking partners
-Devoshar from Sacramento
FUNDING BY SOURCE
NOTE ON FINANCIALS:
61% of spending is on direct program costs, including expenses to conduct youth programming (job wages, workshop costs, scholarships, etc) and related staff expenses. Evaluation activities are also included in this category. 20% of spending is to support fundraising efforts, and the remaining 19% covers administration and overhead costs, including rent, utilities, insurance, and audit.
LINK TO FULL FINANCIAL STATEMENT TO FOLLOW SHORTLY
"I want to make something I’m proud of. I was very indecisive before Juma but after six months at Juma I realized I want to connect with people. I want to hear their stories and relate to them or help them in any way I can.