FROM BEN & JERRY’S TO SPORTS ARENAS.
In 1993, Juma Ventures launched its first social enterprise: 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 a stable adulthood.
Juma has since grown from a job-training and placement program serving a handful of youth to a comprehensive, award-winning, national youth development program and is considered one of the nation’s premier social enterprise programs.
6 CITIES. 20+ SOCIAL ENTERPRISES.
Today, Juma owns 20+ social enterprise operations and serves over 1,200 low-income youth per year in six cities — Atlanta, Houston, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Seattle. Partnering with major sports and entertainment venues, asset-building and educational partners across the country, Juma offers youth: employment, financial capability, career coaching and connections to education and career pathways.
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 7,200 low-income students who have generated $34 million in enterprise revenue, earned $9.5 million in wages, and saved $6.2 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.