(Left â€“ Right) Juma participant Santonio Knighton, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Managing Director Mike Marino, Juma Atlanta Site Director Robert Lewis, Juma Chief Executive Officer Marc Spencer, Juma participant Ladell Hassell and Fulton County Commission Chairman John H. Eaves
Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves hosted a news conference Thursday, March 2, 2017 in Assembly Hall to celebrate a grant by JPMorgan Chase & Co. to Juma Ventures. The $200,000 grant will support the non-profitâ€™s efforts to promote employment of low-income and at-risk youth, ages 16 to 21 in metro Atlanta, who want successful futures. Â Â
Fulton Countyâ€™s My Brotherâ€™s Keeper (MBK) program and Juma initiated a partnership in 2016 to provide training and job opportunities for at-risk youth. Chairman Eaves thanked JPMorgan Chase for its commitment to help keep kids out of the prison pipeline. Juma, in partnership with MBK hired 250 young people last year with collective salaries of $500,000.
Santonio Knighton and Ladell Hassell expressed their appreciation for the donation, which will help to change other young lives and place them on a track toward success. Santonio worked for Juma as a food runner while Ladell served as a concession stand manager. Santonio is now working as a sous-chef at the Atlanta Sheraton Hotel. Â Ladell is working at UPS and is now up for promotion after only a few months on the job.
For more information about My Brotherâ€™s Keeper Fulton County and the Juma Ventures partnership, contact Ladisa Onyiliogwu at
Â or call 404-612-9558.
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