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JA of Washington - Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

JA Eastern Washington Northern Idaho

About JA in Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

Junior Achievement in the Spokane area was established in 1953 under the name JA of the Inland Northwest. In 2013, they joined JA of Washington, as JA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho (JA EWNI.) Currently, nearly 8,000 students are served annually by JA EWNI, offering traditional in-school programs in grades K-12. In 2016, the JA Finance Park® mobile unit was added, providing one of JA's highest impact programs to 2,700 Spokane area middle-school students annually. 


Phone: (509) 624-7114
Fax: (509) 465-7465
Location: 901 E. 2nd, Suite 202, Spokane, WA  99202
Regional Director: Jackie Wright

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Volunteering for JA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho

Each year, JA EWNI relies upon nearly 500 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 Finance Park? 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 in Eastern WA/Northern ID? Email Janet Banaugh, Regional Program Director, or call (509) 624-7114.

JA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Educational Partners

JA EWNI reaches students in grades K-12, providing programs in schools throughout Spokane, Northern Idaho, and the surrounding counties. 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 Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho region.

Financial Support for Junior Achievement in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

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 Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Events

JA Eastern WA/Northern ID Business Hall of Fame

JA Eastern WA/Northern ID Business Hall of Fame

When: May 23, 2019
Where: The Historic Davenport Hotel, Spokane
Time: Reception 5:30pm, Dinner & Ceremony 6:30pm

Each year the Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of individuals who have made a lasting impact in the community in which they work and live. Reserve your table, purchase an individual ticket, or become a sponsor for this prestigious event.

JA Young Executives Dinner

JA Young Executives Dinner

When: May 30, 2019
Where: Borracho Tacos & Tequileria, Spokane
Time: 5:00-8:00pm

Join us for JA's Young Executives fourth annual fundraising dinner featuring a five-course Mexican dinner and tequila pairing.

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. 

Dare to Dream Dinner and Auction

Dare to Dream Dinner and Auction

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Where: T-Mobile Park, Seattle
Time: 5:30 - 9:00 p.m.

JA of Washington's signature annual event, the Dare to Dream Dinner & Auction, brings together top businessmen and women in the Puget Sound region and beyond, to support Junior Achievement at a remarkable venue, T-Mobile Park. Guests enjoy a cocktail reception, field games, an exquisite dinner with fine-wine. Bid generously on an exclusive array of unique and extraordinary experiences, vacations and sporting events. Proceeds from Dare to Dream provide JA programs for thousands of Washington students. 

JA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Board of Directors

Jamie Hudson — Board Chair
SVP & Commercial Banking Center Manager Spokane and Coeur d'Alene Commercial Banking Center
Umpqua Bank
Kristin Ahmer
Community Manager
Innovative Collective
Jeff Baerwald
Assisstant Superintendent
Nine Mile Falls School District
Paul Bond
Eastern Division Manager - Northwest District
Scott Brewer
General Manager
Lithia, Ram Chrysler Fiat
Gordon Budke
Budke Consulting PLLC
Mark Conrath
Vice President
US Bank
Bill DeReu
Vice President, Real Estate & Lake State Resources
PotlatchDeltic Corporation
Dr. Michael Dunn
Spokane ESD 101
Lloyd Fillis
Career Path Services
Richard Fox
Kiemle Hagood Broker
Devon Givens
Retail Branch Manager
First Interstate Bank
Matthew Henshaw
Elementary Curriculum Director
Spokane Public Schools
Stan Hilbert
URM Stores
Eddie Johnson
Corporate Responsibility Lead
ENGIE Insight
Sadie Kingrey
District Manager
Starbuck Corporation
Troy Klemo
Regional Vice President
Chuck McAtee
Itron Inc.
Brian McNaughton
McNaughton & Nate Insurance
Kelly McPhee
VP Director of Communications & Public Relations
Banner Bank
Joel Mitchell
Financial Advisor
Edward Jones
Natalie Vega O'Neil
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Washington
Nathankiel Prior
AVP/Area Sales and Service Manager
Gesa Credit Union
Dr. Shelley Redinger
Spokane Schools District 81
Eowen Rosentrater
Eowan Law Office
Windy Rudd
VP Private Banking Team Leader
Columbia Bank
Kathleen Robertson Schilb
Community Relations Administrator
Horizon Credit Union
Tim Shustoff
General Manager
Learfield-EWU Athletics
Brian Talbott
Nine Mile Falls School District
Christie Vranich
Manager, Member Lending Solutions
Scott Wetzel
President & CEO
Windermere Mountain West
Jackie Wright — Staff Liaison
Regional Director, Eastern WA, Northern Idaho
Junior Achievement of Washington

JA Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho Major Sponsors

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


  • "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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