JA Whatcom / Island / Skagit
About JA in Whatcom, Island and Skagit Counties
Junior Achievement in the Northwestern region of Washington State (JA WIS) serves over 8,100 students annually. JA WIS offers traditional in-school programs in grades K-12, and JA Job Shadows. In 2017, the JA Finance Park mobile unit will be added, providing one of JA's highest impact programs to over 1000 middle-school students in Burlington and the surrounding area.
Volunteering for JA WIS
Each year, JA WIS relies upon hundreds 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? 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 Heather Vaughn, Regional Director, at 360.715.1132.
JA WIS Educational Partners
Junior Achievement reaches students in grades K-12, providing programs in schools throughout Bellingham and the surrounding counties. 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 Whatcom, Island and Skagit area, please click here.
Financial Support for Junior Achievement in Whatcom, Island and Skagit Counties
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 WIS region, please donate here and select the allocation for "Whatcom, Island, Skagit".
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:
Celebrate JA Breakfast (February 28th)
JA Bowling Classic (May)
Special events held in the Seattle area, when attended or donated to by JA WIS supporters, also provide funds for our local area student programs. This includes:
Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront (May)
JA Golf Classic & Auction 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 WIS 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 Mike Yeend of WECU. Mr. Yeend also serves on JA of Washington's Executive Board, which provides guidance and makes strategic recommendations for JA of Washington statewide.
The WIS Regional Director is Heather Vaughn, email@example.com, 360.732.1132.
Connecting with JA in the Whatcom, Island and Skagit Region
A complete staff listing can be found here
Address: 1313 E Maple St Ste 304, Bellingham WA 99225
Phone: (360) 732-1132; Fax: (360) 734-1332
Connect with us on social media! See links below.
8,169 students in Bellingham and the surrounding counties were provided with JA programs last school year.
This year's goal is 8,500 students.
Calendar of Events
February 28, 2017
Celebrate JA Breakfast
Four Points Sheraton, Bellingham
Reserve your free table here
March 27-31, 2017
JA Finance Park Mobile Experience
Cascade Mall, Burlington
Exciting Volunteer Opportunity!
JA Bowling Classic
Friday, May 12th
Park Bowl, Bellingham
Friday, May 19th
Riverside Lanes, Mount Vernon
Sign up your teams!