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juma ventures “As a community bank, we support JUMA’s belief in the critical importance of financial literacy. Combined with job skills, these at-risk youth retain more of what they earn, and look forward to brighter futures.” — Erica Dias, VP Marketing & Community Engagement, American River Bank Helping young adults earn, learn and connect ” W e believe in the power of work and the potential of young people,” says Stephen Norris, Sacramento Director of Development for Juma Ventures. “Unfortunately, too many young adults want to work, but lack the education, skills, and confidence to get and keep a job. Unless someone gives them a chance, they’ll remain trapped in a cycle of poverty.” Juma is a nonprofit social enterprise that operates businesses with the purpose of employing young people. “We ensure young people earn their first paycheck, learn to manage their money, and gain skills like responsibility, teamwork, and workplace communication,” continues Norris. Partnering with community-based organizations, Juma employs low- income youth, age 18 through 24, who are disconnected from school and work. Founded in 1993, Juma has served 7,200 young people nationwide, and 250 in 74 | January 2019 the Sacramento area since arriving in 2016 with the opening of the Golden 1 Center. Juma has since expanded into Papa Murphy’s Park, Toyota Amphitheater, and Raley Field. “We aim to serve 110 youth annually by 2022 and are actively looking for more employment partners to provide those additional employment opportunities,” explains Norris. Juma’s ultimate goal is to get the participants job ready and connect them to their next education and employment pathway. Juma connects 82 percent of their youth to permanent employment or post-secondary education, 92 percent of whom stay retained at their new job 90 days post Juma, an industry marker for success. “In addition to building career paths, Juma provides young people financial capability coaching and classes, offering financial mentors and professional development and budgeting workshops,” notes Norris. JUMA.ORG By building tomorrow’s workforce, Juma enables employers to hire strong talent, increase employee retention, enrich the workplace, and strengthen the community. Juma welcomes new business partners to help offer young people the opportunity to succeed, advance, and thrive. Photos: (Left) Shirley is all smiles on her first shift at the Golden 1 Center for the Kings 2018 Home Opener! (Right) Christen is providing Kings fans with delicious food and great customer service. Juma is essential to reconnecting young people like Christen back into the workforce and ultimately setting them on a pathway to a career. profile generously sponsored by