A newly renovated collaborative space benefiting the Junior Achievement of
Washington's "JA World" learning facility in Auburn, Washington, will officially open to the
community following a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 30, 2019. The PEMCO Achievement Zone, which was
commissioned and constructed by PEMCO Mutual Insurance, celebrates the organizations' shared goals to
inspire and ignite innovation, entrepreneurship and financial literacy in young people and prepare them for
Junior Achievement's JA World in Auburn is one of two interactive learning facilities in Washington that
immerse students in financial literacy, career readiness, and entrepreneurship. The facilities provide a
dynamic, experiential learning system complemented by classroom curriculum to prepare and inspire students for
The new PEMCO Achievement Zone is a 2,400 square-foot gathering space designed to provide visitors, including
K-12 students, educators, community members and local businesses, a collaborative meeting space that fosters
creative thinking and innovation. There, students can learn the principles of responsible financial management,
market-based economics and work readiness.
"Throughout our decades-long partnership, we've been passionate supporters of Junior Achievement of
Washington's mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed," said PEMCO CEO Stan McNaughton.
"Our hope for The PEMCO Achievement Zone, which serves as another example of PEMCO's commitment to
helping our communities thrive, is to provide a unified space that will embolden all who enter to dream
As part of the design, which was donated by PEMCO's creative partner, Periscope, the new space incorporates
original art from more than 20 students, ranging from fourth to 12th grade, who were invited to create large
pieces that reflect the Northwest, their communities and their futures. The art installations will be featured
in rotation and will continue to expand to include additional students' creative perspectives.
For more than 40 years, JA of Washington and PEMCO have partnered to enhance the well-being of local youth and
help them develop the tools necessary to build rewarding, self-sufficient futures.
"PEMCO's support over the years has sustained our Junior Achievement Programs in our JA Auburn
Capstone facility and in schools throughout Washington State and Northern Idaho," said Natalie Vega
O'Neil, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Washington. "Their enduring partnership has had
a profound impact on program funding, enabling financial education and work readiness skills for students in
the Pacific Northwest."
For more insight into PEMCO's mission to raise achievement levels for youth in
education and help local communities thrive, visit www.pemco.com/mutual-good.
About PEMCO Insurance
PEMCO Insurance is the Defender of Your Northwest, providing auto, home, renters and boat coverage. We
are consistently recognized for outstanding service, employee expertise and social impact. Our Mutual
Good programs raise the achievement levels for youth in education; build stronger, greener environments;
and increase safety at home, on the road and at play. Our mission: Free our communities to worry less
and live more.
About Junior Achievement of Washington (JA)
For 65 years JA of Washington has been a part of Washington communities - working with schools
and businesses - to build strong, viable partnerships that serve young people. Guided by
the basic beliefs of integrity, respect and excellence, JA's purpose is to inspire and
prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. JA fulfills its purpose via
educational programs that focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work
readiness. Driven by the passionate power of its volunteer citizens, JA programs are taught by community
and business mentors - individuals committed to the success and healthy development of young people.
Long established as a key component of its successful program dynamic, JA recognizes the positive impact
of mentorship and its power to build pathways to sustainable, productive futures for young people. For
more information visit