IGNITE women rebuild communities

unnamed.jpgBeing civically engaged means much more than serving in elected office. At IGNITE, it means rolling up your sleeves to tackle pressing community issues.

For Veterans Day 2017, IGNITE college students and staff volunteered in Houston to help families rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. IGNITE teamed up with Good Samaritan, an organization at the heart of disaster relief. Good Samaritan provided the tools, guidance, and coordination. We just had to bring gloves, goggles, masks, lunch and plenty of elbow grease.

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Five young women to watch for

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IGNITE will remember 2017 as the year when an unprecedented number of young women embraced their political power. In the years since IGNITE first began, we have never seen such widespread and profound declaration of political ambition.
We want to introduce you to five IGNITE women who have been our inspiration this year.
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Ten Things You Can Look Forward To At Texas' Annual Conference

evi_ari.jpgEvgenia Sinopidou and Ari Hayaud-Din share with us ten reasons why they are looking forward to attending the 6th Annual Texas Young Women's Political Leadership Conference. As former conference attendees, Evi and Ari are looking forward to participating again on February 17, 2018, at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas.

 

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Q&A with College Chapter President Pam Ashwood

Pam Ashwood joined IGNITE as a freshman at the University of North Texas after the College Chapter President invited her to a meeting. She was immediately hooked and left the session motivated to lead. Now, as a junior, Pam juggles multiple leadership roles. She is this year's IGNITE College Chapter President,  serves as a University Senator and is a Fellow of the Generation United Nations Association. 

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Q&A: Serving on a Board or Commission

Joining a public board or commission can be the first step in running for office and it’s easier than you may think. For this month’s Q&A, IGNITE paired up two young women who currently hold positions.

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How to run for a board or commission

Every city and town across America has public boards and commissions that advise local governments on policies that impact the community. Joining a public board or commission can be the first step in running for office. The position will give you extensive policy expertise, show community service and leadership, and at the same time provides you with a more public platform to demonstrate that leadership and expertise.

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September News from IGNITE

Almost 100 years ago women fought hard for the right to vote. Right now we need to fight equally hard to assume political power, so we can lead with heart and remember that political leadership is about service. Thank you for helping IGNITE do this work. 

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Bring IGNITE to your College Campus

Calling all college women! In these turbulent times, it’s never been more important for you to own your fair share of political power. The best way to do that? Bring IGNITE to your campus.

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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.

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Young Women Run...the World! 2017 Conference Reflections

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, professionals and mentors showed up as allies to support these ambitious young women. 

Events like these are essential if we are ever going to reach political parity in this country. Women are 51% of the US population yet remain grossly underrepresented nationwide in all levels of government at less than 25%. Young Women Run organizers IGNITE and Running Start (the only national organizations focused on training young women to run for office)hosted the training to mobilize young women to step into political power and pursue elected office.  

One of the most inspiring moments was on the first day of the event when 95% of the room raised their hand when asked who planned to run for office. The future truly is female!

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