Junior Achievement (JA) in Southeastern Washington has received a $25,000 contribution from Bechtel Group Foundation in support of its programs for students in the region. The grant will enable JA to deliver life-changing programs to K-12 students, teaching critical skills in financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship.
Bechtel has been supporting the local JA chapter for over two decades. This most recent gift is part of Bechtel's Building Future Leaders Grant, which has contributed $260,000 towards JA programs since 2012. Outside of this grant, Bechtel Group Foundation donated an additional $157,090, bringing the total financial support to JA of Southeastern Washington to $417,090 since 1997.
"Bechtel’s generous support has allowed thousands of young people throughout the Tri-Cities area to receive JA’s essential work readiness and financial literacy programs,” said Tamra Meyer, Director of Central Washington & Southeastern Washington. “This vital partnership ensures local students gain the skills and knowledge they need in today’s rapidly changing world. Thanks to Bechtel’s support, our students can develop a solid foundation for success in the global economy and build a strong future for themselves and their community.”
Bechtel has partnered with Junior Achievement entities and chapters in 10 countries. In addition to monetary contributions, Bechtel employees are actively involved with JA as volunteers, teaching 278 classes at local schools as part of the partnership. Junior Achievement is one of four nonprofits in Bechtel’s global stewardship program, which supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education and humanitarian engineering efforts with Foundation gifts and company volunteers.
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