April 2018 News from IGNITE

A note from IGNITE's Founder & President:

If I were 18, I’d be ten times more enraged by “politics as usual” than I already am. Our elected officials are failing future generations through inaction.

Enough is enough. At IGNITE we have long known investing in young women is essential. We must harness their activism and empower them to run.

I stand with the young women who are at the forefront of activism in American.

I stand with the young women who are stepping up where adults are failing.

IGNITE stands with all the politically ambitious young women who will be running to take the seats of elected officials that continue to let them down.

In June, we are convening 150+ young women in Washington D.C. for our national Young Women’s Run Conference, where young women get tools, networks and training to launch their campaigns. We are committed to making sure that any interested young woman can get this training - regardless of income limitations. Help us bring young women to D.C. by contributing today.

If you want to see these women in elected office in 2018 and beyond donate to our Young Women Run scholarship fund. Gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 thanks to the generous support of Yali Lancroft.

Stand with IGNITE. Stand with young women.

Onward!

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Anne Moses, Ph.D., Founder & President 


#VoteTwice: Team up with IGNITE, Cosmo & Rock the Vote to register 100,000 voters

Rock the shirt designed for the campaign to remind everyone to #VoteTwice! All proceeds go to IGNITE. Buy yours today!

IGNITE has partnered with Cosmopolitan and Rock the Vote for #VoteTwice, a campaign that will get millions of young women to the polls during the 2018 primary and midterm elections.

Tune in for our #VoteTwice webinar on 4/10 to kickstart your voter registration efforts. Get all the resources you need to get registered - and register your friends and family!

Busy that day? Sign-up to be part of our #VoteTwice campaign and we’ll keep you looped in on volunteer opportunities.

 

 


Are you the next IGNITE Fellow?

IGNITE is accepting applications for our 2018-19 fellowship. Are you ready to deepen your expertise, expand your networks and activate other young women to step into leadership? If so, the IGNITE fellowship is for you!

To learn more about the Fellowship, please read the Fellows Program Description and join us for our upcoming webinar: Monday, April 16. Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2018, by 11:59 pm PST.


IGNITE's Candidate of the Month: Mya Whitaker 

Alumni Mya Whitaker is Oakland. Born and raised in East Oakland, she has a profound love for her city and is taking significant steps to show it:

“I am running for Oakland City Council District 6 to bring a new vision and perspective to the table. We need representation from Oakland natives who understand the history of our city and who can help build a promising future for generations to come. I’m here to fight for youth, small business and our public safety!”

Learn more about what inspires Mya to make Oakland a better place for the next generation.


First you marched, now you run

You are fired up, have solutions for change and are ready to lead. You took to the streets for March for Our Lives, demanding change and for politicians to do their jobs:

“We need adults to listen to our youth and act on it. They can't passively sit there, nod their heads and pretend to hear our voices. Young people will continue to fight because, despite it all, we are the change makers.” - Esmeralda Cortez, IGNITE Alumni

Esmeralda was in 5th grade when her brother, Hernan, was shot a few blocks from her house. He was 18 when he died. Going to March for Our Lives in D.C. was personal and political for Esmeralda. She blogged about her experience for Cosmopolitan.

If those in power won’t listen, IGNITE knows a few thousand young women who will gladly take a place in elected office!


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Upcoming Events & Trainings

April 10 - Vote Twice with IGNITE, Cosmo, and Rock the Vote, Webinar

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April 14 - Houston Young Women’s Political Leadership Summit at Rice University, Houston, TX

April 25 - North Texas Community Board Boot Camp at Farmers Branch Manske Library, Farmers Branch, TX

April 25 - Houston Community Board Boot Camp at Canopy Restaurant, Houston, TX

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May 19 - #IGNITEinAction Brooklyn Bootcamp at Industrious Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY 

June 25 and 26 - Young Women Run 2018 at the AT&T Forum for Technology, Entertainment, and Policy, Washington, D.C.


Alumni Spring Mixers

We have three events coming up for IGNITE alumni. Mix and mingle, reconnect with friends from the past and meet new allies for the future. Light bites and beverages provided by IGNITE to those who RSVP to whitney@ignitenational.org. Find an event near you:

Sacramento 

April 5, 7:00 pm PST

Houston

April 13, 7:00 pm CST

Dallas - Fort Worth

April 18, 6:00 pm CTS


Community Events in Dallas to Support IGNITE

April 25, 2018

5:00 to 7:00 pm CST

Shop at the Abi Ferrin Flagship Boutique in Dallas where proceeds from purchases support IGNITE. Refreshments will be served.

 

 

May 2, 2018

5:00 to 8:00 pm CST

Join IGNITE for a Kendra Scott Gives Back Party on May 2nd at their Dallas location in The West Village. A portion of purchases will be donated to IGNITE.

 

May 20, 2018

1:00 to 4:30 pm

Attend the Dallas Wings Home Opening Game, where IGNITE will be recognized for our work. Join the special VIP panel discussion at 1:00 pm followed by the game at 2:00 pm.  Use promo code “IGNITE18” (all caps) when you get your tickets.

Double your donation today!

Thanks to the support of friend and donor Yali Lancroft, gifts to our scholarship drive will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000.

2017 scholarship recipients like Gabriela and Amy are paying-it-forward by hosting their own fundraisers! They are helping IGNITE make the 2018 Young Women’s Run Conference accessible to all.

We anticipate that over 100 young women will apply for a scholarship to join us.  If you want to see these young women in office, then NOW is the time to make a gift to our scholarship fund.