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JA of Washington - Southeastern Washington



About JA in Southeastern Washington

Junior Achievement in the Southeastern region of Washington State (JA SEWA) launched its very first programs in 1987. Currently, nearly 11,000 students are served annually by JA SEWA, offering traditional in-school programs in grades K-12, and JA Job Shadows. In addition, 900 students in JA SEWA had the opportunity last year to travel to Yakima to experience JA BizTown® and JA Finance Park®.



Phone: (509) 783-7222
Location: 4415 W. Clearwater Ave., Suite 13, Kennewick, WA  99336
Regional Director: Tamra Meyer

Interested in joining the JA staff and making a difference in your community? JA in Southeastern Washington is hiring! View our job openings here.

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Volunteering for JA Southeastern Washington

Each year, JA SEWA relies upon over 450 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 SEWA? Email Lynn Carlson or call (509) 783-7222 x2.
JA SEWA has a Young Professional Council. Learn more about this fun opportunity to make an impact in your community.

JA Southeastern Washington Educational Partners

Junior Achievement reaches students in grades K-12, providing programs in schools throughout southeastern Washington 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 Tri-Cities & Walla Walla areas.

Financial Support for JA in Southeastern 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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Latest News in JA Southeastern Washington

Press Release: April 25, 2019
Tri-Cities schools benefit from global firm's donations, volunteer

2017-2018 JA Southeastern Washington Annual Report



JA Southeastern Washington Events

Ignite the Spark, Walla Walla Valley

Ignite the Spark, Walla Walla Valley

When: Thursday, March 19, 2020
Where: Walla Walla Country Club
Time: 5:00pm - 7:30pm

This event is our annual fundraiser to further JA programs in local Walla Walla Valley schools. 

JA's Titan Business Challenge

JA's Titan Business Challenge

When: May 12, 2020
Where: Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick
Time: All Day

Tomorrow's CEOs are made today! The JA Titan Business Challenge taps into the skills of individuals of teams to compete for victory and prizes. 

Stay tuned for more details!

Hearts are Wild Gala

Hearts are Wild Gala

Where: Three Rivers Convention Center, Kennewick

Southeastern Washington's Hearts are Wild Gala brings together top business professionals in our community to support Junior Achievement. The annual Gala is an unforgettable event, including a champagne reception, casino games, exquisite hors d'oeuvres, fine wine, craft beer, and cocktails. Guests bid on exclusive silent auction items, exchanged chips for prizes, participated in our jewelry raffle pull, and enjoyed sweet & savory wine pairing stations, all while helping to provide JA programs for thousands of students in our local region.

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 Southeastern Washington Board of Directors

Amy Basche — Officer
Chief Operations Officer
Mission Support Alliance
Ron Baze — Officer
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Wyckoff Farms, Inc.
Richard Nelson — Officer
David Fetto — Officer
Mortgage Loan Officer
Washington Trust Bank
Calvin Dudney — Officer
MSA Director, Motor Carrier Service
Mission Support Alliance
Jim Arneson
Community First Bank
Roddy Baze
Khris Beyer
President & Owner
Real Centric Solutions, LLC
Erich Bolz
Assistant Superintendent
Pasco School District
Angie Brotherton
Community Relations Manager
Gesa Credit Union
Steve Brown
Vice President & Team Leader
US Bank
Josh Chittenden
BNI, Inc. Representative
Petersen Hastings Investment Management
Aaron DeWitt
Total Energy Management, Inc.
Don Frigaard
VP of Mortgage Lending
HAPO Community Credit Union
Charles Gray
VP Commercial Relationship Manager
Umpqua Bank
Scott Hagihara
Supply Chain Finance Manager
Lamb Weston
Matt Henderson
Sales Executive-Select Benefits Group
PayneWest Insurance
Keith Hergesheimer
Senior Vice President
Banner Bank
Jim Hui
SVP & Team Leader
Wheatland Bank
Tara Kenning
Property Management Business Service Directorate
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pat Mastaler
Finance Manager
Mission Support Alliance- Main Account
Kris Mitchell
Contracts Manager
Nathan Morgan
Central Project Controls Manager
Washington River Protection Solutions, LLC
Cindy Parnell
National Security Directorate
Leon Prather
Quality Ancillary Manager
Costco Wholesale
George Rangel
Media Relations
Bechtel National
Matt Scott
Assistant Superintendent
Kennewick School District
Jerry "Jet" Jerome Titus
Account Manager
Packaging Corporation of America
Darrell Toombs
Store Manager
Yoke's Fresh Market
Jace Wilde
Senior Vice President
Bank of America
Loren Wildish
Branch Manager & Vice President
Bank of the West
Tamra Meyer — Staff Liaison
Regional Director
Junior Achievement of Washington

JA Southeastern 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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