JA Central Washington

About JA in Central Washington

Junior Achievement in the Central region of Washington State (JA CW) serves, 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.

Volunteering for JA CW

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.

Get started today with one of the following links,
or call Richard Perez, JA World/Experiential Programs Manager, at 509.853.1246.


JA CW 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 fun, hands-on programs 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. Detailed descriptions for JA Programs are available here.

Teachers, to sign your class up for JA's financial literacy programs in the Central Washington region, please click here.

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 the 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.
To contribute to programs for students in the CW region, please donate here and select the allocation for "Central Washington".‚Äč

Special Events

Special fund-raising events contribute a significant amount toward the revenue needed to provide programs in the region.

Please visit the links below to see how you can become involved as a participant, attendee and sponsor:
Ignite the Spark Breakfast (Spring 2019)
JA Bowling Classic (Winter 2019)

Special events held in the Seattle area, when attended or donated to by JA CW supporters, also provide funds for our local area student programs. This includes:
JA Golf Classic & Auction (June 2019)
Dare to Dream Dinner & Auction on Safeco Field (September 2019)

Board of Directors and Staff

JA Board Members are passionate advocates for JA's core purpose, and provide both personal and organizational leadership and support. The JA CW Board of Directors is composed of successful, experienced business and education leaders who are engaged and excited about positively impacting young people. The current Board Chair is David Wise of Heritage University. Mr. Wise also serves on JA of Washington's Executive Board, which provides guidance and makes strategic recommendations for JA of Washington statewide.

The CW JA World/Experiential Programs Manager is Richard Perez, 509.853.1246.
A complete staff listing can be found here
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Over 10,000 students in Yakima and the surrounding areas were provided with JA programs last school year.


Connect With the

JA CW Team

Phone: (509) 853-1006
Fax: (509) 853-1198
Address: 650 University Parkway, Yakima WA 98901
Complete staff listing

Special thank you to our Major Regional Sponsors!