About JA | Junior Achievement of Washington

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT'S MISSION AND VALUES

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

 Junior Achievement is guided by these following core values:

BELIEF IN THE BOUNDLESS POTENTIAL OF YOUNG PEOPLE

Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship

Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it

Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals

Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration

Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

Junior Achievement Facts

What Is Junior Achievement?

Junior Achievement has 106 local JA Areas across the nation, and together, we are the nation's largest organization dedicated to providing young people with the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA's programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to  realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century.

Mission

Junior Achievement's mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Leadership

Mr. Richard A. Woods, Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs (Retired) of Capital One, is chairman of the Junior Achievement USA board of directors. Jack E. Kosakowski is the president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement. Junior Achievement USA board members represent a wide range of businesses and academic institutions around the world. In addition, approximately 4,300 board members lead JA Area Offices around the United States. Natalie Vega O'Neil is the President and CEO of JA of Washington. Steve Hatfield, Area President, NW Washington Division, Wells Fargo, is the Chair.

Proven Success

Junior Achievement is one of a few nonprofits to use independent, third-party evaluators to gauge the impact of its programs. Since 1993, these evaluators have conducted studies on JA's effectiveness. Findings prove that Junior Achievement has a positive impact on a number of critical areas. We invite you to read the Programs Evaluation Results.

Program Reach

Nationally, Junior Achievement reaches nearly 4.9 million students per year in 212,101 classrooms and after-school locations. JA programs are taught by volunteers in inner cities, suburbs, and rural areas throughout the United States, by 106 area offices in all 50 states. JA of Washington reaches over 70,000 students per year.

A Brief History

Junior Achievement was founded in 1919 by Theodore Vail, president of American Telephone & Telegraph; Horace Moses, president of Strathmore Paper Co.; and Senator Murray Crane of Massachusetts. Its first program, JA Company Program®, was offered to high school students on an after-school basis. In 1975, the organization entered the classroom with the introduction of Project Business for the middle grades. Over the last 39 years, Junior Achievement has expanded its activities and broadened its scope to include in-school, after-school, and experiential programs reaching a wide range of students.

Organization Overview

Junior Achievement USA is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provides strategic direction, leadership, and support to 106 JA Areas across the nation. Local volunteer boards of directors comprised of business, education, and civic leaders set the policy and direction for each local office. JA of Washington was founded in 1953.
 

Volunteers

Junior Achievement's 243,756 classroom volunteers come from all walks of life, including business people, college students, parents, and retirees. These dedicated individuals are the backbone of our organization.

JA of Washington Team

STAFF

Our enthusiastic staff is committed to ensuring your experience with JA is a positive and impactful one!

JA Staff

BOARD

Our Board Members includes the most dedicated business and individual leaders in our community.

JA Board

More About Junior Achievement

Financials AND Annual Reports

JA of Washington is committed to accountability and transparency.

JA Financials

 

Careers

Join us on our mission to empower youth to build the futures they want.

JA Careers

 

JA Map

Junior Achievement serves these communities in  Washington and Northern Idaho.
Please select your community to learn more.

 

Diversity Statement: Junior Achievement is the recognized leader in "empowering young people to own their economic success®" through volunteer-led, experiential learning. We are dedicated to providing a positive, enriching learning experience free of bias. Junior Achievement welcomes K-12 students, volunteers and potential staff regardless of race, religion, age, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation or any other legally protected characteristic.

  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

Get Involved!

Junior Achievement
of Washington

Donate Now    Volunteer    Request a
Program