August 2017 Newsletter

IGNITE is ready to get back to school and launch our 2017/2018 programs. With a spike in the number of young women declaring their ambition to run for office, IGNITE is expecting to train over 5,000 young women this year.The future truly is female. We look forward to training the next generation of women as they step up to own their fair share of political power.

A note from Anne

Hello!

Imagine a room full of 150 college women. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi throws out a question to the audience “who is planning on running for office?

95% of the young women raise their hands.

The room erupts into applause.

This happened this summer at IGNITE and Running Start's Young Women Run conference in Washington D.C. where leaders like Congresswoman Susan Brooks and former Congresswoman Mary Bono also joined us to inspire young women to become political leaders.   


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Now IGNITE is ready to get back to school and launch our 2017/2018 programs. With a spike in the number of young women declaring their ambition to run for office, IGNITE is expecting to train over 5,000 young women this year.

The future truly is female. We look forward to training the next generation of women as they step up to own their fair share of political power.

Onward!

Anne Moses

Head Back to School with IGNITE

IGNITE is looking forward to welcoming new and returning participants into our 2017/2018 programs.

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Here are three ways to join IGNITE this year:

1. License IGNITE’s High School CurriculumOur high school curriculum builds political and civic leadership skills in female high school students. Students learn how government works, why gender parity matters, and how to analyze policy and ultimately define their call to service. Learn more about licensing our curriculum. 

2. Join a College CouncilWe have regional councils for college women who want to build their leadership skills and bring IGNITE to their campuses. Councils meet quarterly to discuss policy issues, learn from elected officials, develop leadership skills, and build a network.

3. Join or launch a College Chapter:  Our student-led campus organizations build political and civic engagement among college women. Chapters organize activities like voter registration drives, policy workshops, and meetings with elected women and candidates. 

More ways to head back to school with IGNITE can be found on our website.


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Our national conference proved that #YoungWomenRun the world

On July 17th and 18th, 2017 150 motivated young women from across the political spectrum gathered in Washington, DC for Young Women Run with the goal of advancing their leadership skills and capacity to run for office.Another 300 Elected leaders - including Former Congresswoman Mary Bono, Congresswoman Susan Brooks,  U.S. Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in conversation with daughtered & Christine Pelosi, and 43rd U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios - professionals and mentors showed up as allies to support these young women’s political ambition. Events like these are essential if we are ever going to reach political parity in this country.

Young Women Run organizers IGNITE and Running Start (thonlnationaorganizationwharfocuseon training young women to run for office) hosted the training to encourage and mobilize young women to step into political power and pursue elected office.

To read the full conference recap and see photos and videos, visit IGNITENational.org


Our 2016/2017 fellowship program wrapped up with an unforgettable visit to Capitol Hill

Over the past year fellows Tiffaney Boyd, Kayla Farhang, Jade Goins and Monica Sibri served as ambassadors for IGNITE’s mission, playing an invaluable role in our efforts to spread a national message that it is time for young women to step into political power. They concluded the fellowship with visits to the D.C. offices of their state representatives. 

Over the past year fellows Tiffaney Boyd, Kayla Farhang, Jade Goins and Monica Sibri served as ambassadors for IGNITE’s mission, playing an invaluable role in our efforts to spread a national message that it is time for young women to step into political power.

Boyd, Farhang, Goins and Sibri concluded their fellowship with visits to the Washington D.C. offices of their respective state representatives: New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, California Senator Kamala Harris, Georgia Congressman John Lewis, and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. They were given the opportunity to ask candid questions about the challenges and rewards of running for office and serving their constituents and country.

Talking campaign fundraising strategy with Finance Director Erica Bordador at the campaign office of New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Monica Sibri’s representative:

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Getting the low-down on managing a rewarding work-life balance from Halie Soifer, the National Security Advisor for California Senator Kamala Harris, Tiffaney Boyd’s representative:

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The fellows were awestruck by Congressman John Lewis’ decades of service to his country, beginning with his participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Fellow Jade Goins hails from Congressman Lewis’ home state of Georgia. 

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Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Chief of Staff Laura Schiller shared with Minnesota constituent Kayla Farhang and the other fellows a glimpse into her life as the Senator’s right-hand woman

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IGNITE is immensely proud of these four fellows and what they’ve accomplished over the last year to support other young women’s leadership aspirations. Combined the fellows trained 1,000 new young women on how to run for office. We look forward to seeing the next chapter in their political and professional journeys.

For the 2017/2018 fellowship program IGNITE is doubling the number of fellows serving across the country. Keep your eyes peeled for politically ambitious and civically engaged young women in Atlanta, Boston, New York, San Antonio, Minneapolis, Southern California, Seattle and Denver. We are accepting applications for Denver, Colorado until August 14, 2017.  


IGNITE in the News 

Tune into the She’s Running Podcast for an interview with IGNITE: Texas State Director Margo McClinton Stoglin and Brooke Lopez, program alumna and facilitator for IGNITE’s program at Brookhaven Early College School, joined She’s Running Podcast host Emily Jackson to talk about IGNITE and sparking political passion in young women, the #DeclareYourAmbition pledge, and their own political backgrounds (and futures!).  Download the podcast and listen to Episode 22.

Bustle writer Morgan Brinlee gives a shout-out to IGNITE in her recent story: Lisa Murkowski & Susan Collins Showed Us Why Politics Desperately Needs More Women (July 28, 2017)

How do we engage communities that have been left outside the fold?Writer Jordan James-Harvill of The Organizer explores this  question in a round-up of organizations - including IGNITE - that are leading change in our communities.  See who else made the list.  (July 28, 2017)

Dallas Hero’s Project Honors the work of IGNITE in TexasDallas Hero’s Project Honors the work of IGNITE in Texas: IGNITE’s Texas State Director Margo McClinton Stoglin has been recognized by the Dallas Hero’s Project as a hero making a positive impact in the North Texas community. Over the course of August, Dallas Hero’s Project will be featuring Margo and IGNITE on our their website and Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. Below Margo is pictured with colleague Lizzie Robinson and two politically ambitious young women, Brooke Lopez and Monica Taylor.

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Thoughts from Next Gen Leaders: Participant Spotlight on Nur Sattar

 

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"IGNITE has given me access to a community of amazing leaders and womxn who have inspired me tremendously as a third-year transfer. As a community, we have instilled so much change on campus. I've watched as we mobilized fellow students to register to vote, held workshops on the importance of intersectionality and unified the entire campus community in protesting unjust student organization fees. Furthermore, the IGNITE National network has connected me to amazing leaders and elected officials who have shown me how important it is to advocate and uplift other women instead of tearing each other down.

I am so thankful for the day that I randomly sat in on an IGNITE meeting. No matter what the future holds IGNITE has given me a solid background and a network of amazing womxn to depend on and uplift."Nur Sattar, IGNITE Member at University California Davis College Chapter 

Nur Sattar graduated from the University of California, Davis with a major political science and a minor in communications. Sattar served as the Marketing and Communications Chair for the IGNITE UC Davis Chapter. This August, She is beginning a post-graduate fellowship in Washington D.C. with Population Connection Action Fund, the political arm of Population Connection, the nation’s largest and oldest grassroots population organization. Connect with Nur on LinkedIn.


Make some noise with IGNITE on #WomensEqualityDay

Forty-six years since Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day” we’ve made progress towards equality but not enough. Women are half the population but hold only 22% of the 500,000 elected offices in the United States. Make some noise with IGNITE’s #WomensEqualityDay ThunderClap on August 26th to encourage young women around the country to step into their political power and run for office. Join us!


Calendar

August 14 - Deadline to apply for the fellowship in Denver: IGNITE is looking for a fellow in Denver, Colorado who is deeply motivated, takes initiative, has organizing experience on college campuses and have a track record building new initiatives. Learn more and apply.

September 14 - Save the Date for North Texas Giving DayBookmark IGNITE’s campaign page and set a calendar alert to donate on 9/14/2017. North Texas Giving Day is an 18-hour online giving extravaganza for North Texas nonprofits - like our 25+ high school and college programs in Texas.

 


Thank you

IGNITE would like to acknowledge Social Venture Partners Dallas for selecting our Texas program for their 2017-2018 projects and the Boone Family Foundation for a $100,000 capacity building grant Texas. As a result, Whitney Thomas has been promoted to National Alumni Manager and Kayla Finstein has been hired as Executive Assistant. Lizzie Robins has been promoted to Texas Program Manager.


Donate to IGNITE

When you support IGNITE you are investing in the future generation of women political leaders.

 


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