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JA of Washington - South Puget Sound

JA South Puget Sound


About JA in the South Puget Sound

Junior Achievement in the South Puget Sound area of Washington State (JA SPS) launched its very first programs in 1953. Currently, over 19,000 students are served annually by JA SPS, offering traditional in-school programs and JA Days in grades K-12, and JA Job Shadows. In 2005, JA World in Auburn opened its doors, providing JA's highest impact programs, JA BizTown®, and JA Finance Park® to students throughout Western Washington.


Phone: (206) 808-5861
Fax: (206) 833-6989
Location: 1610 Perimeter Rd. SW, Auburn, WA  98001
Regional Director: Megan Sharp

Volunteering for JA South Puget Sound

Each year, JA SPS relies upon 4,500 volunteers to bring its programs to local area school students. The dynamic interaction between the volunteer and the students provides active learning and brings theory to life. 
Are you qualified to volunteer in a classroom or at JA World? Yes! JA volunteers come from all walks of life, including valued employees, retirees, parents, and college students. All you need is a desire to be an inspirational role model, along with the ability to communicate, motivate, and create enthusiasm. Volunteers are also required to sign a Volunteer Conduct Standards form. Training in person and/or online is provided.
Questions about volunteering for JA South Puget Sound? Contact Radu Smintina, Regional Progam Manager, or call (253) 236-3591.

JA South Puget Sound Educational Partners

Teachers, Junior Achievement reaches students in grades K-12, providing programs in schools throughout South King County, Pierce County, and the surrounding areas. Educators fully enjoy the opportunity to engage their students in a fun, hands-on program that will equip them with the knowledge and skills needed to create their own successful future. JA programs align with national and local curriculum standards. Detailed descriptions for Learn more about JA programs.
Teachers, sign up your class here for JA's financial literacy programs in the South Puget Sound region.

Financial Support for JA in South Puget Sound

Businesses, foundations, and individuals support JA because they understand the tremendous need for a well-educated workforce, and appreciate the value in their investments. JA investors believe that education is an essential component of success for young people. Junior Achievement enables companies and individuals to share their success with kids and inspires them to reach their full potential.

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Junior Achievement in South Puget Sound is Hiring!

Want to join our team based at JA World in Auburn? We have an opening for a Regional Program Manager. This is a great opportunity to make a real difference in the South Puget Sound area. View the job details here.

JA South Puget Sound Events

JA Cheers to 100 Years Tasting Festival

JA Cheers to 100 Years Tasting Festival

When: Friday, May 31, 2019
Where: JA World in Auburn
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Cheers to 100 years! Junior Achievement of Washington is celebrating our national Centennial with a beer tasting festival hosted at JA World in Auburn. Enjoy locally brewed beers, live music, a silent auction and munchies from local food trucks while supporting local students in our community.

This event is 21+ only.

Golf Classic & Auction

Golf Classic & Auction

When: Monday, June 24, 2019
Where: Glendale Country Club
Time: 10:00am Registration

The 2019 Golf Classic & Auction includes an 18-Hole Scramble featuring a magnificent day of golf, on-course lunch, commemorative apparel, golf balls, tee-prizes, and contests! Followed by a celebratory evening which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and live & silent auctions.

JA Bowling Classic

JA Bowling Classic

The Junior Achievement Bowling classic is a fun event and one of JA's biggest fundraisers! Each year hundreds of people join together with family, friends and co-workers at their local bowling alley to help JA provide financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs to local students. 

Dare to Dream

Dare to Dream

When: 2019 Date Coming Soon!
Where: T-Mobile Park, Seattle

JA of Washington's signature annual event, the Dare to Dream Dinner & Auction, brings together top businessmen and women in the Puget Sound region and beyond, to support Junior Achievement at a remarkable venue, T-Mobile Park. Guests enjoy a cocktail reception, field games, an exquisite dinner with fine-wine. Bid generously on an exclusive array of unique and extraordinary experiences, vacations and sporting events. Proceeds from Dare to Dream provide JA programs for thousands of Washington students. 

JA South Puget Sound Board of Directors

Evan Brown — Board Co-Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Eric Cederstrand — Board Co-Chair
Senior Vice President
Neil Walter Co.
Joe Breed — Member
Lance Goodpaster — Member
Franklin Pierce School District
Kelly L. Haughton — Member
Global Index Group, LLC
Christina Hatton — Member
Account Executive
Print NW
Dr. Art Jarvis — Member
Superintendent (Interim)
Peninsula School District
Terey Jennings, CLP — Member
Financial Pacific Leasing
Zachary J. Jones — Member
South Sound District Manager/VP
HomeStreet Bank
Jessica Knicely — Member
Windermere Adobe- The Knicely Group
Dr. Chung-Shing Lee — Member
Dean & Professor School of Business
Pacific Lutheran University
Chad Maiuri — Member
SVP, South Sound District Manager
Heritage Bank, Sumner Office
Carla J. Santorno — Member
Tacoma Public Schools
Lynnae Schneller — Member
Dr. James Shoemake — Member
Retired Superintendent
Jessica Sire — Member
Community Program Manager
Columbia Bank
Natalie Vega O'Neil — Member
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Washington
Lindsey Wellcon — Member
Program Manager
Exotic Metals Forming Company
Kirsten Willis — Member
Regional Director of Human Resources
Walmart Region 60 (WA,OR,MT,WY,ID)

  • "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

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