At Juma, we know that a job can be transformative. Juma youth 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.
In 1993, Juma Ventures launched its first social enterprise: a single ice cream shop in San Francisco. The initial enterprise gave homeless youth the support and job experience they needed to transition to a stable adulthood. With proof that a first job was a critical building block to a thriving, financially stable future, Juma sought to scale and thus expanded. Juma has since grown from a job-training and placement program serving a handful of youth to a comprehensive, award-winning, national youth development organization and is considered one of the nation’s premier social enterprises.
Today, Juma owns 20+ social enterprise operations and serves up to 1,000 low-income youth per year in four cities: 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.