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JA of Washington - Central Washington

JA Central Washington Office


About JA in Central Washington

Junior Achievement in the Central region of Washington State (JA CW) provides programs to over 10,000 students annually. JA CW offers both traditional in-school programs in grades K-12 and JA Job Shadows. In 2012, JA World in Yakima opened its doors, providing JA's highest impact programs, JA Finance Park® and JA BizTown®, to 6,500 students in Yakima and the surrounding areas.


Phone: (509) 853-1006
Fax: (509) 853-1198
Location: 650 University Parkway, Yakima, WA  98901
Regional Director: Richard Perez

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Volunteering for JA Central Washington

Each year, JA CW 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 or at JA World? 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.
Questions about volunteering for JA CW? Email Jeff Hartwick, Regional Program Coordinator, or call (509) 853-1009.

JA Central Washington Educational Partners

Junior Achievement reaches students in grades K-12, providing programs in schools throughout Yakima and the surrounding areas. Educators fully enjoy the opportunity to engage their students in a fun, hands-on program 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. Learn more about JA Programs.
Teachers, sign your class up here for JA's financial literacy programs in the Central Washington region.

Financial Support for Junior Achievement in Central Washington

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 an 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.

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JA Central Washington Events

JA Bowling Classic

JA Bowling Classic

The Junior Achievement Bowling classic is a fun event and one of JA's biggest fundraisers! Each year hundreds of people join together with family, friends and co-workers at their local bowling alley to help JA provide financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs to local students. 

JA Ignite the Spark Breakfast

JA Ignite the Spark Breakfast

Where: JA Education Center, Yakima

Ignite the Spark, an inspiring fundraising breakfast or luncheon where JA of Washington supporters host tables with colleagues, friends, and business contacts to facilitate conversation on how JA is fueled by people like you! We hope you'll be able to attend our next event! 

JA Central Washington Board of Directors

David Wise — Chair
Vice President Marketing & Communications
Heritage University
Michelle Andrews
Area Retailer Leader, VP WASC District
Megan Bewley
D.R. (Rob) Case
Attorney at Law
Larson, Berg, & Perkins
Kevin Chase
Educational Service District 105
Bob Crider
Yakima Herald Republic
Kristyna Deveaux
Business Relationship Manager
Wells Fargo
Tim Fortier
Vice President of Ingredient Sales
Tree Top
Carrie Gabbard
Chief Performance Officer
Solarity Credit Union
Will Gaethle
Executive Director
Anthony Garcia
General Manager
Bob Hall
Harvest Auto
Jake Hambly
Vice President
Banner Bank
Ann Hittle
Chief Financial Officer
Northwest University of Health Sciences
Amanda Lafollette
Area Coach
Yakima Restaurants, Inc / Taco Bell
Crystal McPherson
Nob Hill Water Associates
Natalie Vega O'Neil
Junior Achievement of Washington
John Schieche
East Valley School District
Hilary Tanneberg
Assurance Services Manager
Moss Adams
Michael Wangler
US Bank
Joel Yeager
Facilities Operations Manager
Okanagan Specialty Fruit
Paul Larson — Emeritus
Attorney at Law
Larson, Berg, & Perkins
Richard Perez — Staff Liaison
Regional Director
Junior Achievement of Washington

JA Central Washington Major Sponsors

Our work would not be possible without the generous support of Washington's business community. These future-forward and civic-minded companies have all helped bring JA programming to Central Washington communities. View our JA World Partners here.


  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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