Juma Ventures breaks the cycle of poverty by ensuring that young people complete a four-year college degree.
In 1993, Juma became the first nonprofit organization to own and operate a commercial franchise—a single Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Shop that provided a handful of jobs for homeless youth. Since then, Juma has grown from a job-training and placement program serving 25 homeless youth to a nationally-recognized youth development program operating in New Orleans, New York, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco, and Seattle. To date, Juma has helped more than 3,000 low-income students earn $3 million in wages and save more than $2 million toward higher education.
Juma has received numerous awards for its work including the National Youth Employment Coalition’s PEPNet Award and a Community Achievement Award as the national organization of the year from the Social Enterprise Alliance.