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Abby Looks for a Job and Finds a Career

on March 19, 2019 by Juma Ventures

Abby started her Juma journey the way many young people do; in need of an income. She was out of school and out of work, without a plan for moving forward. But all of that changed once she started with Juma and saw the support, resources, and opportunities available to her through the YouthConnect program. […]

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Juma Employer Partnerships: Connecting Youth to Opportunity

on March 19, 2019 by Juma Ventures

  “Over the past year I’ve really been looking hard at what the best way to create an employer partnership is and what a strong one looks like for both the youth and the employer,” says Lindsey Coonan, Juma’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. “We believe in our youth and we believe they have something unique […]

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Juma Houston Named Goodwill’s Employer of the Year

on March 19, 2019 by Juma Ventures

“We see [Juma] as an extraordinary community partner. They’re not just someone we send people to, they are really in it with us every day”, says Goodwill Public and Media Relations Manager, Terri Parris, discussing Juma Houston’s impact on the local landscape. Juma Houston and Goodwill co-located in 2017 and thanks to that close proximity, […]

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Making Possible, Possible since 1993

on November 29, 2018 by Juma Ventures

When our founders opened the doors of their first social enterprise, a single Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shop, they had one goal: to give homeless youth a bridge back to opportunity. Since then, Juma has grown and expanded across the nation and served over 7,200 young people who have earned over $9.5 million in pursuit […]

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Juma Honored with Obama Foundation Grant

on November 15, 2018 by Juma Ventures

Dear Juma Family, I am thrilled to share the news that Juma was selected as one of the five National Seed Communities of the Obama Foundation’s inaugural My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Community Challenge Competition! As an awardee, Juma Atlanta joins a cohort of 18 other organizations leading the nation in improving the lives of boys […]

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Juma Joins Gap Inc. in Offering First Job Experience to Youth

on April 3, 2017 by Juma Ventures

Juma believes in the power of a first job to provide young people with the experience and the foundational soft skills needed to succeed in the workforce. Through the recent development of our Youth Talent Pipeline with corporate employers, our aim is now to help youth take their next step towards permanent employment with the […]

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Giving ‘Tough Love’ and Watching Confidence Grow: Life as a Youth Career Coach

on January 30, 2017 by Juma Ventures

Last year, Juma launched YouthConnect in Seattle–a support program that provides work, financial capability training and career development coaching to young people who are disconnected from school and the workforce. It starts with a job in our social enterprise at Safeco Field, through which youth gain experience, learn soft skills and begin to build a […]

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Opportunity Youth join the workforce in New York and Atlanta

on April 13, 2016 by Juma Ventures

Last year, Juma launched our social enterprise operation at Yankee’s Stadium in New York and this year at Turner Field in Atlanta. This season, we are excited to be employing 140 opportunity youth at Yankee Stadium and 100 at Turner Field. We are proud to be serving opportunity youth who represent 5.6 million young people […]

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Batter up! Baseball season is here

on April 13, 2016 by Juma Ventures

Baseball season has begun and we are thrilled to be employing 165 youth at AT&T Park and the Oakland Coliseum! For most of our Bay Area youth, vending in the stands, selling ice cream and coffee is a first job where they learn job skills that they can apply for years to come. Working in […]

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Building career success among out-of-school, out-of-work youth

on February 18, 2016 by Juma Ventures

Juma is excited to share that after a rigorous national competition, we have been selected by REDF to join a national initiative to scale up the social enterprise field across the U.S. supported by the federal Social Innovation Fund. Juma will receive multi-year grant funding and business advisory services to create more jobs for opportunity […]

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