JA Eastern WA / Northern ID

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 8,500 students are served annually by JA EWNI, offering traditional in-school programs in grades K-12, and JA Job Shadows. In 2016, the JA Finance Park mobile unit was added, providing one of JA's highest impact programs to nearly 2,000 middle-school students annually, in Spokane. 

Volunteering for JA EWNI

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? 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 Janet Banaugh, Regional Program Director, at 509.624.7114.


JA EWNI Educational Partners

Junior Achievement 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 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 Spokane and Northern Idaho region, please click here.

Financial Support for Junior Achievement in Eastern Washington & 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 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 EWNI region, please donate here and select the allocation for "Eastern WA / Northern ID".‚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:
JA Online Auction 
JA Bowling Classic - November 9, 2018
JA Business Hall of Fame - May 23, 2019

Special events held in the Seattle area, when attended or donated to by EWNI supporters, also provide funds for our local area student programs. This includes:
Dare to Dream Dinner & Auction on Safeco Field - September 2019
JA Golf Classic & Auction at Sahalee Country Club - June 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. JA EWNI's 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 Jamie Hudson of Umpqua Bank. Mr. Hudson also serves on JA of Washington's Executive Board, which provides guidance and makes strategic recommendations for JA of Washington statewide.

The JA EWNI Regional Director is Jackie Wright, jackiew@jawashington.org.
The JA EWNI Regional Program Director is Janet Banaugh, janetb@jawashington.org.
A complete staff listing can be found here.



8,473 students in Spokane, Northern Idaho and surrounding counties were provided with JA programs during the 2016/17 academic year.

More than 2,000 students in our region experienced the JA Finance Park mobile unit in 2017/18.


Calendar of Events

November 9, 2018
JA Bowling Classic

Lilac Lanes, Spokane
Pre-Register Now

Connect With the


Phone: (509) 624-7114
Fax: (509) 456-7465
Address: 901 E 2nd, Suite 202, Spokane, WA 99202
Complete staff listing
EWNI E-Newsletter Sign-up


Special thank you to our Major Regional Sponsors!