JA King Metro

About JA in Seattle and the King Metro Region

Junior Achievement in Seattle, the Eastside, and the King County metro area of Washington State (JA King) launched its very first programs in 1953. Currently, JA King serves over 30,000 students, 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 Finance Park and JA BizTown, to students throughout Western Washington.

Volunteering for JA King

Each year, JA King relies upon thousands of 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.

Get started today with one of the following links, or call Jamaal Kearse, 206.296.2600 X111.


JA King Educational Partners

Junior Achievement reaches students in grades K-12, providing programs in schools throughout King County including Seattle, Bellevue, and the surrounding areas. Educators fully enjoy the opportunity to engage their students in fun, hands-on programs 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 JA Programs are available here.

Teachers, to sign your class up for JA's financial literacy programs in the greater Seattle/Bellevue metro region, please click here.

Financial Support for Junior Achievement in the Greater Seattle/Bellevue Metro Area

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 the 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.
To contribute to programs for students in the JA King area, please donate here and select the allocation for "King".‚Äč

Special Events

Special fund-raising events contribute a significant amount toward the revenue needed to provide programs in the region.

Please visit the links below to see how you can become involved as a participant, attendee and sponsor:
JA Bowling Classic 
Dare to Dream Dinner & Auction 
JA Golf Classic & Auction at Sahalee

Board of Directors and Staff

JA Board Members are passionate advocates for JA's core purpose, and provide both personal and organizational leadership and support. The JA Executive and King County Board of Directors is composed of successful, experienced business and education leaders who are engaged and excited about positively impacting young people. The current Board Chair is Steve Hatfield of Wells Fargo. Mr. Hatfield leads JA of Washington's Executive Board, which provides guidance and makes strategic recommendations for JA of Washington statewide.

The President of Junior Achievement of Washington is Natalie Vega O'Neil, natalie@jawashington.org, (206) 296-2625.
The Senior Vice President of Development is Polly Hopkins, pollyh@jawashington.org, (206) 855-5458.
A complete staff listing can be found here



Over 10,000 students in Seattle, Bellevue and the surrounding areas were provided with JA in-school programs last school year.
This year's goal is 10,413 students.

18,080 students experienced JA World programs in Auburn last school year. 
This year's goal is 18,200 students.

Connect With the

JA King Team

Phone: (206) 296-2600
Fax: (253) 833-6989
Address: 1700 Westlake Ave N, Suite 100, Seattle, WA 98109
Complete staff listing
Connect with us on social media!
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Special thank you to our Major Regional Sponsors!