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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Coleen Drinkard, Regional Director of Marketing and Development
Junior Achievement of Washington, Southeastern Region
509.783.7222 ext. 2
coleend@jawashington.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WASHINGTON SOUTHEASTERN REGION NAMES TAMRA MEYER AS NEW REGIONAL DIRECTOR

Kennewick, WA. Junior Achievement of Washington has announced that Tamra Meyer has been named as the new Regional Director for Junior Achievement in the Southeastern Washington Region (SEWA). Meyer formerly served in the role of Statewide Programs Director for Junior Achievement of Washington. As Regional Director of Junior Achievement's SEWA office, Meyer will manage the region's development efforts and program implementation designed to bring work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs, currently reaching 11,465 students in Benton, Franklin and Walla Walla counties. Read more...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Nancy Brown, Area Manager, Walla Walla Valley
Junior Achievement of Washington, Southeastern Region
509.520.7052
nancyb@jawashington.org

WILDHORSE FOUNDATION AWARDS JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT $3,000

WALLA WALLA, WA (June 14, 2019) — The Wildhorse Foundation has awarded Junior Achievement of Washington, Southeastern Region (JASEWA), a $3,000 grant to support JA financial literacy programs in schools across the Walla Walla Valley during the 2019-2020 school year. Through JA's life relevant programs, students in grades K-12 will continue to learn all about money, the importance of being able to manage their personal finances, and how their financial decisions today will affect their financial freedom in the future.  They'll learn about budgeting, earning money, savings, credit and debit, consumer protection, smart shopping, risk management, and investing and saving for retirement. Read more...


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:
Coleen Drinkard, Regional Director, Marketing & Development
509.783.7222 x4
coleend@jawashington.org

George Rangel, Bechtel National, Inc.
509.371.2732
grrangel@bechtel.com

BECHTEL TOPS $190,000 IN GIVING TO JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PROGRAMS
Tri-Cities schools benefit from global firm's donations, volunteer

KENNEWICK, WA (April 25, 2019) ― Junior Achievement in Southeastern Washington (JA) announced today it has received a $25,000 contribution from Bechtel Group Foundation, marking $190,000 in total giving to the local chapter from the global firm since 2011. This most recent gift enables JA to deliver classroom programs focused on work readiness and entrepreneurship as part of Bechtel's Building Future Leaders program. Read more...

NEWS RELEASE
April 18, 2019
Contact: Lynn Moltke, VP Operations
253.236.3310
lynnm@jawashington.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WASHINGTON ANNOUNCES BECU STOREFRONT GRAND RE-OPENING AT JA WORLD MAY 6, 2019

Auburn, WA – Junior Achievement of Washington (JA) announces the grand re-opening of BECU storefronts in both JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park® on Monday, May 6, 2019, following BECU's installation of its new branding. This is JA's Centennial year nationally, and the 65th year of providing programs for K-12 students in Washington State and Northern Idaho.
 
The public is invited to join in the celebration, which will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on May 6th at JA World, located at 1610 Perimeter Road SW, Auburn, WA 98001. Read more...
 

NEWS RELEASE
January 14, 2019
Contact: Natalie Vega O'Neil, President & CEO
206.296.2600
nvo@jawashington.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WASHINGTON AWARDED $114,270 TO HELP MORE WASHINGTON STATE YOUTH FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS

Seattle, WA - Junior Achievement of Washington (JA) is pleased to announce that this academic year JA received two grants totaling $114,270 provided by the Taco Bell Foundation to support JA programs for youth in Western and Central Washington. The funding contributes to providing over 13,000 students with the opportunity to engage in experiential learning programs through JA Finance Park®, empowering Washington State students to graduate high school and achieve their dreams. The JA Finance Park curriculum teaches students to set a career path and establish personal and professional goals and milestones, leading to successful, self-sufficient adult lives.  Read more...

NEWS RELEASE
November 26, 2018
Contact: Natalie Vega O'Neil, President & CEO
206.296.2600
nvo@jawashington.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WASHINGTON NAMES NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND NEW SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

Seattle, WA - Junior Achievement of Washington (JA) announced that two new senior leaders recently joined its statewide team. New Chief Financial Officer Glenn S. Corey comes to JA with over 30 years of financial and operational leadership experience in a variety of business sectors, including both high growth startups, and mature growing businesses.
 
Polly Hopkins has been named the organization's new Senior Vice President of Development. In this role, Hopkins will formulate and direct the organization's funding strategy. Ms. Hopkins has been an entrepreneur and leader in the technical consulting field for years, while simultaneously focusing on supporting and consulting to nonprofits that empower youth development. Read more...

NEWS RELEASE
March 12, 2018
Contact: Natalie Vega O'Neil, President & CEO
206.296.2600
nvo@jawashington.org

STARBUCKS AND MICROSOFT HONORED BY JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT WITH A U.S. PRESIDENT'S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD
Volunteers provided students with critical mentoring and positive role models
 
Seattle, WA - Junior Achievement USA® (JA) today announced that it will honor Starbucks with a Silver level 2016-2017 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award for providing at least 10,000 volunteer hours to local Junior Achievement offices during the 2016-2017 school year. Microsoft will be honored at the Bronze level, for providing at least 5,000 volunteer hours during the academic year. The U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award will be presented to 57 organizations at an evening awards ceremony during the JA Volunteer Summit, presented by American Express Foundation, on March 13, 2018, in New York, NY.  Read More...

NEWS RELEASE
March 5, 2018
Contact: Radu Smintina, South Sound Regional Program Manager
206.236.3591
radus@jawashington.org

STUDENTS EXPLORE THE DIVERSE AND EXCITING CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN STEM
Junior Achievement and Johnson & Johnson team up to host STEM-centered day at JA World
 
Yakima, WA - On March 7, 2018 Junior Achievement of Washington (JA) will partner with Johnson & Johnson, through a jointly created WiSTEM2D curriculum, to host an exciting opportunity for local students to engage in team-based learning activities that develop Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) skills, and showcase the exciting career paths that STEM offers. JA anticipates hosting 100 ninth grade students, from three different local high schools: Bonney Lake, Graham-Kapowsin and Bethel. The day's activities will be facilitated by mentors from Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals, and will focus on investigating the ways in which technology, engineering, manufacturing and design fit within the realm of business. Additionally, students will have the chance to interact with professionals in the STEM field and learn what it is like to work for Johnson & Johnson.
 
Junior Achievement of Washington is very excited to host this event at JA World in Auburn, Washington, and expects for students to emerge from the day with an inspiration to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics. Additionally, Chick-fil-A will partner in the event providing lunch for the students in attendance.

NEWS RELEASE
January 3, 2018
Contact: Danielle Burd Griebel, Interim President & CEO
(206) 296-2600
info@jawashington.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WASHINGTON NAMES NATALIE VEGA O'NEIL AS PRESIDENT
 
Seattle, WA - Junior Achievement of Washington announced today that Natalie Vega O'Neil, formerly the Associate Vice President of U.S. Programs and Executive Director, Head Start Programs with Save the Children, has been named the president. As president of the Junior Achievement office, O'Neil will manage the organization's work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy programs that currently reach over 100,000 K-12 students in the State. Read more.... 

NEWS RELEASE
November 6, 2017
Contact: Richard Perez, JA World Experimental Programs Manager
Katherine Dick, Sr. Director, Grants
206.296.2600
info@jawashington.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WASHINGTON AWARDED GRANT FROM YAKIMA COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Funding will ensure JA program participation for nearly 200 students in Yakima County
 
Yakima, WA - Junior Achievement of Washington was recently awarded a $6,000 grant from the Yakima Valley Community Foundation. Funding will ensure the participation of 197 students from the Wapato and Mount Adams School Districts in JA BizTown and JA Finance Park programs during the 2017/18 school year. Through these dynamic programs, middle and high school grade students are given the opportunity to see, touch, and live the experience of personal finance in a real-life setting of stores, shops, and financial institutions by basically becoming "an adult for the day." Read more....
 

October 4, 2017
By Patti Payne, Columnist
Puget Sound Business Journal

AFTER 33 YEARS, DAVID MOORE TO HAND OVER THE REINS AT JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

Moore has been in involved in JA for a half-century, back when he was a high school junior and involved in the program as a student. After 33 years at the helm of Junior Achievement of Washington, President and CEO David Moore is stepping down, effective Dec. 31. Moore has been involved with JA for 50 years, when, as a junior in high school,...Read more
 

May 5, 2017
By Patti Payne, Columnist
Puget Sound Business Journal

LAUREATES AT JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT HALL OF FAME 2017 OFFER LESSONS TO ALL AGES
 
The 30th annual Junior Achievement Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame delivered smiles and inspiring tales to a crowd of 400 Thursday night at the Seattle Marriott Waterfront. While torrential rain, wild thunder, and lightning raged outside, the mood was brighter, and in fact, uplifting and inspirational for guests and Junior Achievers alike. (Photo credit: Jay Dotson Photography)
 
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2017
Contact: Frank Clouser, Corporate Relations Manager, The Allstate Foundation
425.205.7190
frank.clouser@allstate.com

WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOLS RECEIVE $100,000 TO GO BEYOND THE 12
Junior Achievement of Washington and The Allstate Foundation launch a new financial education program to help Washington students 
 
Seattle, WA - Connecting high school students with personal financial education and college scholarships just got a little easier in Washington with a $100,000 donation.
 
Junior Achievement of Washington and The Allstate Foundation have teamed up to launch a new financial education program, Beyond the 12, to help bring financial literacy to classrooms across Washington, while also giving high school students the chance to earn scholarships and offering high schools some much-needed financial relief.
 
According to the Council for Economic Education (CEE), more than 1 in 6 students in the United States don't reach the baseline level of proficiency in financial literacy, and fewer than 20 percent of teachers report feeling confident to teach personal finance.
 
To help connect students with critical life skills...Read more...Beyond the 12 Press Release
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2017
Contact: David Moore, President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Washington
206.296.2600
info@jawashington.org

BEHNKE, BURKE, NIELSEN AND RUNSTAD TO BE HONORED AT JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PUGET SOUND BUSINESS HALL OF FAME
Four Puget Sound business and civic leaders will be honored for their accomplishments – shaping our economy and impacting our communities
 
Seattle, WA - Four prominent business leaders who will be inducted into the Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame as 2017 laureates have been announced by Junior Achievement of Washington (JA). JA of Washington in partnership with the Puget Sound Business Journal (PSBJ), will be inducting the new laureates May 4 at a banquet that, since 1987, has been a premier business community event to honor individuals whose business innovations and civic involvement are recognized. The 2017 Laureates include:...Read more....2017 PS HOF Press Release

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 14, 2017
Contact: Ryan Moore, Sr. Director, Education/Programs, Junior Achievement of Washington
206.296.2600
info@jawashington.org

TEACHING CHILDREN THE POWER OF POSSIBLE THROUGH FINANCIAL LITERACY
Junior Achievement of Washington and U.S. Bank Reach a 10,000 Student Milestone in March
 
Junior Achievement of Washington and U.S. Bank have been teaching children how money works in the world for more than 10 years. This unique partnership has helped 10,000 children from low to moderate income communities, located throughout the Seattle metropolitan area, learn about how people earn or make money, how they manage it and use it to make more, and how people can use the money to help other people.
 
This week, Junior Achievement of Washington and 35 volunteers from U.S. Bank will join students and teachers from Neely O'Brien Elementary School in Kent Washington. Together, they will explore the challenges and fun facts associated with financial education – a critical skill needed for self-sufficiency.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2017
Contact: David Moore, President, Junior Achievement of Washington
206.296.2600
info@jawashington.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WASHINGTON VOLUNTEER TO BE HONORED AT NATIONAL VOLUNTEER SUMMIT 
Seattle Mariners President & COO wins Junior Achievement's top volunteer leadership award for empowering students to own their economic success
 
Seattle, WA—Junior Achievement of Washington (JA) announced that Kevin Mather has been chosen from more than 237,000 U.S. volunteers as one of 11 recipients of the organization's most prestigious national award for volunteerism, the Gold Leadership Award.
 
Mather will be honored on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the Junior Achievement USA® (JA USA) Volunteer Summit. A celebration will be hosted in the recipients' honor at The Paley Center in New York City.
 

March 3, 2017

AUTO REMARKETING: NADA LOOKS TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL LITERACY VIA JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT PARTNERSHIP
 
Tysons, VA - The National Automobile Dealers Association and the NADA Women Directors, in partnership with Junior Achievement USA, is teaching financial education courses to students through a volunteer program.
 
The initiative, termed the NADA Financial Literacy Program, was launched during the NADA Convention in New Orleans in January. It grew from insight gathered over the past few years at the Women Dealers' Networking Event, held during NADA.
 
"A goal of the partnership is to get new-car dealers or dealership representatives in communities across the country to become volunteers in the program," said Michelle Primm, managing partner of Cascade Auto Group in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
 
Primm provides financially focused curriculum to students in her local school district through Junior Achievement. 
 
"We are thrilled to be working hand-in-hand with NADA and NADA's Women Directors who have demonstrated a commitment to the financial literacy initiative," said Laura Goodman, vice president of volunteer engagement for Junior Achievement.
 
"We look forward to working with and exceeding the expectations of NADA and their dealer members in an effort to impact young people across the country," Goodman continued.
 
To learn more about how to become a volunteer in the program, contact Deborah Stevens at dstevens@nada.org or call (703) 827-6861
 
 

February 9, 2017
By: Mike Flynn, Flynn's Harp

LAUREATES CHOSEN FOR BUSINESS HALL OF FAME 30TH ANNIVERSARY
 
Two men who teamed with close business partners to build companies that became national leaders in their industries, a member of one of Seattle's most prominent families, and a woman who guided one of the region's best-known law firms will be the 2017 honorees of the Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame. The event celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
 
The four whose lifetime of contributions to business will be celebrated at the Business Hall of Fame banquet on May 4 at the Seattle Waterfront Marriott are: Judith (Judy) Runstad, Carl Behnke, Artie Buerk, and Don Nielsen. Read more...
 

December 22, 2016
By: John McCallum, Editor - Cheney Free Press

CHASING AFTER THAT 'AH HAH' MOMENT
Westwood Middle School students practice real financial planning at Junior Achievement's Financial Park 
 
Devry Bursch, Charlie Buckner, and Alexxis Bowes answered in unison when asked if they were ready to get into the adult world of work and budgeting - "No!"
 
Understandable, since all three girls are eighth-graders at Westwood Middle School. But unlike most of their fellow students, the three feel more equipped to deal with the adult world, thanks to their participation in Junior Achievement and a recent JA Financial Park sponsored by Boeing Employees Credit Union. 
Almost 1,000 middle school students attended the real-life scenario workshop held Nov. 29 - Dec. 9 at the Shriner's Event Center.  Read more...
 

NEWS RELEASE
November 9, 2016
Contact: Joanne Kahl, Sr. Vice President
nfo@jawashington.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT OF WASHINGTON CELEBRATES NATIONAL ENTREPRENEURS' DAY WITH JA WORLD CEREMONIAL RIBBON CUTTING
Junior Achievement of Washington invites local educators and entrepreneurs to witness the unveiling of new JA World Storefronts in JA BizTown and JA Finance Park
 
Auburn, WA - Junior Achievement of Washington (JA) will commemorate National Entrepreneurs' Day with a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the opening of several new JA World Auburn storefronts in JA BizTown and JA Finance Park. This historic milestone event highlights JA World community education partnerships with Alaska Airlines, Holland America Line, Capital One, Exotic Metals Forming Co., and Columbia Bank.
 

November 3, 2016
By: Mike McLean, Spokane Journal of Business

RAISING FINANCIAL LITERACY
Junior Achievement initiative to involve 1,900 kids here 
 
Junior Achievement will partner with Spokane Public Schools for the second year in presenting middle school students with a day of hands-on experience with financial challenges they'll likely face as adults.
 
This school year, Junior Achievement Finance Park, the organization's personal finance program, has been incorporated into Spokane Public Schools middle school curriculum, says Janet Banaugh, Junior Achievement of Washington's Spokane-based program director for Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho region. Read more...
 

May 16, 2016
By: Jessica Bellucci, Tribune Media

SVP/GENERAL MANAGER PAM PEARSON AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS MCNAUGHTON AWARD
Presented at Annual Puget Sound Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony
 
Seattle, WA – Q13 FOX and JOEtv SVP/General Manager Pam Pearson, was awarded the prestigious 2016 McNaughton Award from Junior Achievement of Washington at the annual Puget Sound Hall of Fame Awards ceremony on April 21, 2016. The McNaughton Award was established by Junior Achievement of Washington to honor Stanley O. McNaughton, former Chairman of the Board, Director and President of Pemco Financial Services. The award continues to recognize the principles by which he believed such as Create Vision, Lead by Serving, Courage and Conviction, Cultivate Success and Model Integrity. Seattle Mariners' president Kevin Mather presented the award to Ms. Pearson. Read more...
 

May 2, 2016
By: Chris Chancellor, Auburn Reporter

SOUND LESSONS FOR THE HEARING IMPAIRED
 
Picture this: A family seated around the dinner table, eating and talking finances. Not exactly a popular or riveting subject to start with, said Tim Anderson, finance manager for Junior Achievement Washington. But one made all the more challenging when a child is deaf.
 
 

NEWS RELEASE
April 26, 2016
Contact: David Moore, President & CEO
Contact: Ryan Moore, Sr. Director of Education Programs
info@jawashington.org

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT AND WELLS FARGO PARTNER ON TEACH CHILDREN TO SAVE DAY TO PREPARE STUDENTS ACROSS WASHINGTON STATE FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS
 
Local business people take JA entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy programs to the classroom
Seattle, WA Over 200 employees from Wells Fargo will be teaching Junior Achievement programs and impacting over 2500 Elementary students throughout the state of Washington, as part of Teach Children to Save Day. The national financial education volunteering effort is sponsored by the American Bankers Association. The huge financial literacy initiative will impact 10 schools across Washington on April 26, 2016. 
 

NEWS RELEASE
April 5, 2016
Contact: David Moore, President & CEO
info@jawashington.org

SEATTLE AREA STUDENTS LEARN IMPORTANT PERSONAL MONEY MANAGEMENT SKILLS THROUGH AT&T ASPIRE MENTOR ACADEMY'S SUPPORT OF JA FINANCE PARK
 
Auburn, WA - On March 17th students from Bremerton High school and on April 1st  students from Stewart Middle School participated in JA Finance Park through a contribution from AT&T and facilitated by AT&T employee volunteers.  This effort is part of AT&T's Aspire Mentoring Academy initiative, which aims to provide youth nationwide with 1,000,000 volunteers/mentoring hours by 2016.. 
 

PRESS RELEASE
January 19, 2016
Contact: Chick-fil-A Corporate Media Hotline
800-404-7196

CHICK-FIL-A FOUNDATION DONATES MORE THAN $1 MILLION TO YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS SELECTED FOR 2016 TRUE INSPIRATION AWARDS
 
Atlanta, GA - The Chick-fil-A® Foundation is honored to announce today the recipients of the organization's 2016 True Inspiration Awards. The 22 deserving not-for-profits, which represent 17 states across the country, are receiving a combined $1.26 million in grants to further their work fostering leadership and entrepreneurial spirit in children. Read more...Chick-fil-A Foundation Donation Press Release
 
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