Junior Achievement of Washington Partners With the WA State Department of Social and Health Services for Special Workplace Readiness Programming

September 2, 2020

Auburn, WA. JA of Washington has launched a new and innovative partnership with the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) to provide workplace readiness training and work-based learning programs for students with special needs, aged 14-21. Working specifically with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), JA will be engaging with a sector of the student population not previously reached, and at a critical time when these students will need more assistance with preparing for and succeeding in a volatile job marketplace. Read More…

Junior Achievement of Washington Awarded $5k by Framatome, International Leader in Nuclear Energy

Funds to support expanding digital JA programs for the upcoming 2020/2021 school year
August 17, 2020

Richland, WA. Junior Achievement of Washington is pleased to announce it has been awarded $5,000 from Framatome, an international leader in nuclear energy recognized for its innovative solutions and technologies for safe and competitive nuclear power plants worldwide. The award money provides direct support for expanding JA programs to the digital sphere. Early in the year, JA pivoted quickly to adapt their in-class, in-person programming into free digital resources for K-12 students. Via a robust volunteer system, JA teaches young students financial literacy and career-readiness skills; skills that are needed now more than ever as we all seek to better prepare for a stronger future amidst uncertain times. Ultimately, the JA curriculum teaches students to set a career path and establish personal and professional goals and milestones, leading to successful, self-sufficient adult lives. Read More….

Class of 2020 Survey: Half of Graduating Seniors Change Plans for After High School Due to COVID-19

The need for JA programs has become more urgent
July 30, 2020

Auburn, WA. Roughly half (49%) of Class of 2020 graduating seniors say their plans for after high school have changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey by Junior Achievement (JA) and the PMI Educational Foundation (PMIEF). Of those whose plans have changed, more than a third (36%) say they will now work, nearly as many (32%) expect to delay their start date for college, and almost a fifth (16%) changed the career path they wish to pursue. Wakefield Research surveyed 1,000 U.S. teens graduating high school in 2020 for JA and PMIEF in support of new educational initiatives by the two organizations. Read More…

Tacoma/Pierce County Schools Partnering with Junior Achievement of Washington to Deliver Digital Resources to Students

April 9, 2020

Tacoma, WA. With the public health crisis, Junior Achievement of Washington has pivoted  quickly to adapt their in-class, in-person programming into free digital resources for K-12 students. Via a robust volunteer system, JA teaches young students financial literacy and career-readiness skills, skills that are needed now more than ever as we all seek to better prepare for a stronger future amidst uncertain times. Volunteers are now shifting to the virtual sphere to deliver JA programs via video and social media posts. Pierce County schools have worked to integrate these resources into their updated curriculum, including links on the school district website and direct contact with parents. Read More…

Junior Achievement of Washington Adds Key Staff Roles to Expand Student Reach and Program Impact

January 31, 2020

Seattle, WA. Junior Achievement of Washington (JA) announces the hiring of four key positions to the staff as part of the organization’s mission to expand and grow its programming. JA programs are instrumental in preparing young people to set a career path and establish personal and professional goals and milestones, leading to successful, self-sufficient adult lives. The four brand-new roles are designed to impact programming, storytelling, and fundraising for the organization. They are Munira Sheriff, Vice President of Programs and Evaluation; Toni Colman, Senior Director of Corporate Giving; Leah Katzer, Statewide Program Director; and Rowena Yow, Director of Communications. Read More…