About JA

Junior Achievement is the world's largest non-profit economic education organization, reaching more than four million students in the United States each year. Founded in 1919, JA's mission is to educate and inspire young people to achieve financial literacy, become prepared for the work force, and embrace entrepreneurship in order to succeed in a global economy.

Through the generosity of local businesses and individuals, Junior Achievement secures funding and recruits community leaders to bring JA's engaging and time-honored lessons to life in more than 400 local classrooms in Southeastern Washington. This unique partnership between business and education, in turn, reflects JA's core purpose to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

On behalf of more than 12,000 local students we serve each year, thank you for your interest in Junior Achievement. It would be impossible for us to accomplish our goals without the support of our wonderful volunteers and donors. You are the link between students and the knowledge JA programs can impart.

Each year the demand for Junior Achievement programs increases as more parents and educators learn about the life-changing lessons our volunteers bring to the classroom. This is where we need your help. Your support is crucial to enable us to reach more kids...to provide endless opportunity for every child in America.

Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, to which contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Junior Achievement meets all Standards in Philanthropy, as detailed by the National Charities Information Bureau.

Our programs are designed to teach young people in grades K - 12 about business and economics, financial literacy, and career development, and our goal as an organization is to better serve this community by inspiring students -- our future work force -- to improve the quality of their lives.

What sets us apart from other organizations is our strong business and education partnerships. We place volunteers with diverse backgrounds into our local schools, bringing the real world to students and opening their minds to their potential. Please click here to read about an extraordinary JA volunteer and her extraordinary host teacher. Extraordinary is a word that describes ALL of our wonderful JA volunteers and host teachers!

We also rely on top-notch business professionals who are willing to serve as board members and support the administrative side of Junior Achievement. This support must come from businesses and individuals who realize the importance of starting economic and business education early on, and continuing to invest, inspire, and involve kids through all grade levels.

There are many ways you can help kids through JA:

  • Serve as a Classroom Volunteer
  • Become a Sponsor
  • Participate as an Event Volunteer
  • Volunteer as a Student Intern and earn university credits
  • Provide in-kind goods or services

No matter your role, you can count on your experience to be satisfying, worthwhile, and exceed all of your expectations!


To learn more about these exciting opportunities in our area, call (509) 783-7222 today!!


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