Having immigrant asian parents, going to university after high-school was pretty much an expectation. They helped financially but I had to earn the grades and held a part-time job to cover my expenses. For many, though, it’s not that simple or easy to attend college, and that’s where Juma Ventures comes in. Juma Ventures helps students, entangled in the cycle of poverty, through their innovative youth development program, to ensure they complete a four-year college degree.
By combining employment opportunities in social enterprises, college preparation, and assistance with financial asset building, Juma Ventures builds a supportive community around youth to help them achieve their goal of a college education. Juma Ventures focuses on curing poverty rather than “treating” it with three core program components:
Juma Social Enterprise and Job Skills: With social or environmental purpose at the core of their business, Juma now operates seven social enterprises across California that employ over 160 youth annually. Youth operate cart, vending and storefronts at ballparks and stadiums across the state to earn wages while acquiring skills on communication, sales, money management and personal responsibility.
Asset Building Services: Designed for building assets to support higher education, Juma’s Individual Development Account (IDA) for youth enables Juma youth to build a savings account from their wages, learn about money management, and receive matching funds from Juma for college expenses.
College Services: Juma supports youth from guiding them through the college selection and application process, academic support in the form of tutoring and SAT prep, to assisting them during their first two years of college with budgeting, financial aid applications and academic advising. Students also can access their IDA savings and Juma’s matching funds for college expenses, as well as any scholarships received through Juma.
Since starting in 1993, Juma has created 2,800 jobs for youth and with donor investments generated more than $17 million in earned income.
In 2011, 100% of Juma students graduated high-school with over 90% transitioning to college.
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Thank you Juma Ventures for making our world wonderful.
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