JA of Greater Washington selected to once again participate in Bechtel Group Foundation's Building Future Leaders initiative

JA of Greater Washington was one of 18 JA area offices worldwide selected to once again participate in the JA Worldwide and Bechtel Group Foundation Building Future Leaders 2017 initiative. JA organizations from all six JA Worldwide regions have been invited to participate in the sixth year of this partnership.

The Building Future Leaders initiative, which encourages the engagement of Bechtel volunteers in delivering JA work readiness and entrepreneurship programs, is one of Bechtel’s four signature programs. As part of this partnership, JA of Greater was Washington was awarded a $25,000 grant to complete its work. 


“A significant challenge we face in the engineering industry is how to attract more young people, especially women,” said Charlene Wheeless, head of Bechtel’s Global Corporate Affairs in Reston, Virginia. “We believe our support of this initiative with Junior Achievement will give young people the opportunity to see the potential a career in engineering offers and to encourage them to be part of the next generation of industry leaders."

“Thanks to Bechtel for its support of Junior Achievement programs,” said Ed Grenier, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Greater Washington . “We are working together to help students become workforce ready and explore careers in STEM: science, technology, engineering and math.”

About Bechtel

Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world. We stand apart for our ability to get the job done right—no matter how big, how complex, or how remote. Bechtel operates through four global business units that specialize in infrastructure; mining and metals; nuclear, security and environmental; and oil, gas, and chemicals. Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 25,000 projects in 160 countries on all seven continents. Today, our 58,000 colleagues team with customers, partners, and suppliers on diverse projects in 40 countries. www.bechtel.com

About the Bechtel Group Foundation

Bechtel Group Foundation partners with four global nonprofits, including Junior Achievement, on efforts that: 

  • Promote education, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math
  • Use engineering and construction skills to improve quality of life worldwide
  • Make effective use of the passions and unique skills of Bechtel’s people