If you purchase a hot dog or soda from a young worker at a Centerplate venue in San Francisco, San Diego, or New Orleans, there’s a good chance you’re contributing to a brighter future through our unique partnership with Juma Ventures.
Jobs for teens are hard to come by, with opportunities and labor statistics falling. Moreover, low-income students face barriers to college application, let alone attendance.
At stadiums and arenas across our network, Centerplate has been working with San Francisco-based nonprofit Juma Ventures to place youths from financially disadvantaged backgrounds in jobs that will provide them with real-life work experience and garner savings for educational expenses, so they are better-positioned to succeed in college and beyond.
For most youth, Juma is a first job experience, and a social connection to a support network that provides everything from camaraderie to coaching and counseling. The work caters to students’ school schedules so that low-income students can develop professional skills, earn money, and stay connected to school.
Juma opens college accounts through a corporate partnership and trains each student in managing personal finances. The funds are earmarked for educational expenses, and through a matching program, each dollar earned is matched 2:1 by Juma donors.
In addition to concessions and café jobs at AT&T Park, Candlestick, and San Diego, Juma Ventures and Centerplate partnered in the fall of 2012 to expand the network and create jobs for some of New Orleans’ most vulnerable youth at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena. Juma reinforces the job experience by partnering with other local nonprofit organizations that provide core education services and financial capability training. At the Super Bowl, 50 Juma students had the opportunity to work during the week to earn money toward their educations.
To date, Juma Ventures has employed more than 3,000 low-income students who have earned over $3 million in wages and saved more than $2 million for higher education.