JA South Puget Sound

About JA in South Puget Sound

Junior Achievement in the South Puget Sound area of Washington State (JA SS) launched its very first programs in 1953. Currently, nearly 32,000 students are served annually by JA SS, 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 SS

Each year, JA SS 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.

Get started today with one of the following links,
or call Diego Sierra, Development & Programs Manager, at 206.808.5861.


JA SS Educational Partners

Junior Achievement reaches students in grades K-12, providing programs in schools throughout South King County, Tacoma, 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 South Puget Sound region, please click here.

Financial Support for Junior Achievement in South Puget Sound / Tacoma

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 SS area, please donate here and select the allocation for "South Sound and Peninsula".‚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 (May 5th - or custom dates available)
JA Golf Classic and Flip Flops and Lemon Drops Dinner & Auction at Tacoma Country & Golf Club (June 29th)

Special events held in the Seattle area, when attended or donated to by JA SS supporters, also provide funds for our local area student programs. This includes:
Celebrate JA Breakfast at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront (February15th)

Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront (May 4th)
JA Golf Classic at Sahalee Country Club (June 12th)
Dare to Dream Dinner & Auction on Safeco Field (Date TBD)

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 South Puget Sound 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 Terey Jennings of  Financial Pacific Leasing. Mr. Jennings also serves on JA of Washington's Executive Board, which provides guidance and makes strategic recommendations for JA of Washington statewide.

The JA World/Experiential Programs Sr. Manager is Alissa Nicholson, alissan@jawashington.org, 509.853.1234.
The Sr. Director for Strategic Partnerships is Sue Elkin, sue@jawashington.org, 206.808.5870.

A complete staff listing can be found here.



15,000 students in the South Sound, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas are provided with JA in-school programs each school year.

17,500 students experience JA World programs in Auburn each school year.

Calendar of Events

Friday, May 5th
JA Bowling Classic
Narrows Plaza, Tacoma
Sign up your team early!

June 29, 2017
JA Golf Classic
Flip Flops & Lemon Drops
Dinner and Auction

Tacoma Country and Golf Club
Sign up your foursome and reserve your dinner tickets here.

Connect With the
JA South Puget Sound Team

Phone: (206) 808-5861
Fax: (253) 833-6989
Address: 1610 Perimeter Road, Auburn, WA 98001
Complete staff listing
Connect with us on social media!
See links below.

Special thank you to our Major Regional Sponsors!