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, over 19,000 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.

JA of Washington Fact Sheet
About Junior Achievement of Washington
Learn about our parent organization, JA USA

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 Radu Smintina at (253) 236-3591.


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 Spring, 2019

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:
JA Golf Classic and Auction  June, 2019
Dare to Dream Dinner & Auction September, 2019

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 Barbara Mead of Moss Adams. Ms. Mead also serves on JA of Washington's Executive Board, which provides guidance and makes strategic recommendations for JA of Washington statewide.

The South Sound Program Manager is Radu Smintina, radus@jawashington.org, (253) 236-3591.
The JA Finance Park / Experiential Programs Manager is Dawn Parsons, dawnp@jawashington.org, (253) 236-3260.
The JA BizTown Manager is Shari Andrade, sharia@jawashington.org, (253) 236-3587.

A complete staff listing can be found here.



Over 7,000 students in the South Sound, Tacoma, and the surrounding areas are provided with JA in-school programs each school year.

12,000 students from the South Sound region experience JA World programs in Auburn each school year.

Calendar of Events

Spring, 2019
JA Bowling Classic Event

Narrows Plaza Bowl

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
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Special thank you to our Major Regional Sponsors!