In 1993, Juma Ventures became the first nonprofit organization to own and operate a commercial franchise, a Ben and Jerry's Scoop Shop that provided jobs to a handful of homeless youth. Over the past 20 years, Juma has expanded to provide youth with not only part-time employment opportunities in local ballparks but financial literacy lessons and academic support.
Today, Juma owns 16 social enterprise operations and serves more than 750 low-income students per year in eight cities — Atlanta, New Orleans, New York, Oakland, Sacramento, Santa Clara, San Francisco, and Seattle. Partnering with major sports arenas, asset-building and educational partners across the country, Juma offers youth: employment, financial capability, and academic services.
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 5,000 low-income students who have generated $26 million in enterprise revenue, earned $6.5 million in wages, and saved $5.8 million for higher education.
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