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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 Megan Sharp, South Sound Regional Director.

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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JA South Puget Sound Events

JA Cheers to Careers Tasting Festival

JA Cheers to Careers Tasting Festival

When: Event has been postponed, new date to be announced!
Where: JA Education Center in Auburn

Last year was our inaugural year and we are excited to be back soon!

Take your taste buds on a tour of Washington craft beer while mixing and mingling in our immersive student learning towns, JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®. Stay tuned for more information on when we can bring back this exciting event complete with raffle, silent auction, and more!

Golf Classic & Auction

Golf Classic & Auction

When: Event Postponed
Where: Glendale Country Club, Bellevue

Thank you for those who particpated in the 28th Annual Golf Classic & Auction in June 2019, over $173,000 was raised to support JA programs.

The event 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. 

JA Dare to Dream Auction

JA Dare to Dream Auction

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Junior Achievement Dare to Dream Dinner and Auction is JA of Washington's largest fundraising event. Every region from around the state participates in this event, and is critical for its success. Save the date to join us Saturday, September 26, 2020 for this fantastic event full of inspiring stories, auction items, and much more.  This is surely an event not to be missed!

JA South Puget Sound Board of Directors

Evan Brown — Board Co-Chair
Chief Executive Officer
Eric Cederstrand — Board Co-Chair
Commencement Bay Development
Joe Breed
Nick Frank, CPA
Moss Adams, Tacoma Office
Lance Goodpaster
Franklin Pierce School District
Christina Hatton
Account Executive
Print NW
Kelly L. Haughton
Global Index Group, LLC
Briana Hickey
Neil Walter
Dr. Art Jarvis
Superintendent (Interim)
Peninsula School District
Terey Jennings, CLP
Financial Pacific Leasing
Dr. Chung-Shing Lee
Dean & Professor School of Business
Pacific Lutheran University
Chad Maiuri
SVP, South Sound District Manager
Heritage Bank, Sumner Office
Carla J. Santorno
Tacoma Public Schools
Lynnae Schneller
Dr. James Shoemake
Retired Superintendent
Jessica Sire
Community Program Manager
Columbia Bank
Natalie Vega O'Neil
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Washington
Kirsten Willis
Regional Director of Human Resources
Walmart Region 60
Megan Sharp — Staff Liaison
South Puget Sound Regional Director
Junior Achievement of Washington

  • "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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