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    All,   Thought I would ask your help for this nonprofit youth development group featured in today s Chronicle.  This time, neither I, (who have volunteered
    Message 1 of 1 , May 1, 2012
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      Thought I would ask your help for this nonprofit youth development group featured in today's Chronicle.  This time, neither I, (who have volunteered with them in the past) nor they are asking for your bucks only your vote.  Thanks.
      Juma Ventures Mission:  to help break the cycle of poverty by ensuring that young people complete a four-year college degree.

      Juma in the news
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      Hello -- Juma Ventures made the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle today! Scroll down or click here to read the story. Before you do though, please take a minute to vote for Juma in Popchips Game Changers competition: http://juma.us2.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=335885ccfee96c7678831b8f8&id=744e4c5bf7&e=476db95e8e. With enough votes, Juma could "hire" SF Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum to vend ice cream at AT&T Park for a half-inning or more. Tim would do more than sell ice cream and corndogs – he’d raise awareness and help break the cycle of poverty by ensuring that young people complete a four-year college degree. Vote now at http://is.gd/qd6wcF.


      Experience? For a young job-seeker, that'll work

      By Jill Tucker | May 1, 2012 | San Francisco Chronicle | Photo by Mathew Summer

      It was still a half hour before game time at AT&T Park, but Jason Wong was already scanning the still sparse crowd above right field, a corn dog sign in one hand and a bag of the foil-wrapped product slung over his shoulder.
      Up 70 steps. Pause. Down 70 steps.
      "Corn dogs!" the 17-year-old yelled. "Corn dogs here!"
      The San Francisco Burton High School junior had climbed about 300 steps before he made his first $4.75 sale, the sweat already beading on his brow. Tips are rare, he said, with most customers pocketing the quarter in change from a $5 bill.
      He didn't care. He was happy about the sale. And thankful for the job.
      Jason and about 125 other high school students in San Francisco are employed by Juma Ventures, a nonprofit that pays them to work at stadium events, hawking corn dogs, ice cream, iced tea and hot chocolate.
      The goal is to give the disadvantaged students - many foster children or formerly incarcerated - work experience, financial savvy and a savings account, as well as academic support to get into college.
      But more than that, they're getting an edge over many graduates who won't have the demonstrated work ethic and determination it takes to sell corn dogs on a hot spring day. And that can say more about a job candidate than a bachelor's degree, employers said.

      Employers will notice

      With over half of recent college graduates jobless or underemployed, those hiring are saying Jason's effort won't go unnoticed.
      "If you see someone who has had to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, you know they're going to take the job more seriously and not complain about working hard," said attorney Pete Clancy, of Clancy & Diaz, LLP. "If I had to choose between someone who went to Yale who never worked and someone who went to (a local college), I'd probably go with the person who worked."
      Juma officials recognized a long time ago that just getting a college degree wouldn't be enough. Instead of simply paying kids to go to college, the organization bought a Ben & Jerry's ice cream franchise in 1993 to employ high school students to get them ready for higher education and the real world that follows.
      Jason knows that every corn dog or ice cream sandwich he pulls from his shoulder bag puts him a little closer to a college education and a competitive resume once he has a bachelor's degree in hand. He's considering a future in engineering.
      "The best social service program in the world is a job," said Nick Hutchinson, Juma's chief development officer. "When you hire a Juma graduate, you get a young person who has experienced more than the typical range of extracurricular activities. These young people have demonstrated resiliency."
      That might come as a wake-up call to those high school students busy pushing for perfect grades and loading their college applications with community service and school clubs to get into top-tier universities.
      Their resumes might be missing an important component, employers say: a job.
      "When employers are faced with a competitive job process, one of the ways they can distinguish is by having someone who already has that proven work ethic," said Professor Carl Van Horn, Rutgers University professor of public policy.

      Read the whole story: http://is.gd/7EVFwL
      For more information about Juma Ventures and to discover how you can get involved, visit www.juma.org.   Sincerely,   Marc Spencer Chief Executive Officer
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