Junior Achievement of Washington
Junior Achievement (JA) is the nation's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA’s in-school programs are offered at no cost to the school and community organizations. These life-changing programs help students develop life skills in the areas of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA of Washington is funded by over 3,600 corporate and private contributors and special events.
Junior Achievement of Washington was founded in 1953 and has served over two million students across Washington and Northern Idaho.
Junior Achievement of Washington reaches more than 70,000 students per year in over 3,700 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Regionally nearly 8,000 students per year are served across Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. Each year more than 2,700 middle-school students from Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho spend a day at mobile JA Finance Park®. The traveling, experiential learning exercise gives middle and high schoolers a trial run at maintaining a household budget within a simulated business community.
Junior Achievement of Washington’s 5,000 volunteers come from all walks of life, including business people, college students, parents and retirees. Regionally, nearly 500 dedicated community members serve as mentors, job shadow hosts, classroom and mobile JA Finance Park® volunteers.