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JA of Washington - Northern Washington

Northern Washington Location


About JA of Northern Washington

Junior Achievement in Northern Washington (JA NorWA) serves nearly 21,000 students annually. JA NorWa offers in-school programs for grades K-12, and JA Job Shadows. Junior Achievement in Northern Washington serves students in Snohomish, Whatcom, Island, Skagit, and San Juan Counties.


Phone: (206) 226-2603
Location: 2219 Rimland Dr., Bellingham, WA  98226
Regional Director: Carmen Marttila

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Volunteering for JA Northern Washington

Each year JA NorWa relies on 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? 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 Northern Washington?
Email Roxanne McCloud, Regional Program Manager, or call (206) 226-7467.

JA Northern Washington Educational Partners

JA NorWa reaches students in grades K-12, providing programs in schools throughout Northern Washington. 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 Northern Washington.

Financial Support for Junior Achievement in Northern 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 Northern 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 2019 Centennial Luncheon

JA Ignite the Spark 2019 Centennial Luncheon

When: October 4, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. Registration and Networking / Noon - 1:00 p.m. Lunch

Join JA at a benefit to celebrate 100 years of preparing our youth for bright futures!  To reserve your complimentary seat email Carmen Marttila.

JA Dare to Dream Dinner & Auction

JA Dare to Dream Dinner & Auction

When: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Where: T-Mobile Park, Seattle

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 Northern Washington Board of Directors

Kevin Ruoff — Board Chair
District HR Coordinator
Fred Meyer
MJ. Bandolon
F&B manager
Tulalip Resort Casino & Spa
Lori Bellingar
VP Commerical Relations Manager
Banner Bank
Colm Boer
District Manager, Northwest Washington
Wells Fargo Bank
Ernest Bonasera
Director of Direct & Indirect Sales
Michael Burke
SVP, Commercial Team Leader
US Bank
Edwin Elefson
Director of Career & Technical Education
Ferndale School District
Ronald Heller
Market President for Washington
Union Bank
Roland King
SVP, Retail Division Manager
Banner Bank
Andrew Lachner
VP Retail/Sm. Business Credit Consultant Northern WA Region
Wells Fargo
Natalie Vega O'Neil
President & CEO
Junior Achievement of Washington
Tracy Osborn
Senior Training Specialist
Peoples Bank
Zac Palmer
Vice President
Fitness Gear + Training (FGT)
Walter Picerno
Manager MCO/HSI Repairs
Frontier Communications
Paul Rosser
Chick-fil-A at Lynnwood
William S. Reith, CPA, CVA
Chief Financial Officer
Quilceda Creek Vintners, Inc.
Lisa Severn
Director of Food and Beverage
Tulalip Resort & Casino
Cheryl Twidwell
Branch Manager
Union Bank
Pamela Whalley
Education Director
WWU Center for Economic & Financial Ed
Carmen Marttila
Regional Director
Junior Achievement of Washington

JA Northern 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 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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