A premier fellowship program for civically engaged young women who are on the path to become the next generation of political leaders. Every year IGNITE recruits a new cohort of diverse and passionate women in communities across the United States and provides them with resources, training and networks to launch political careers. These young women serve as ambassadors for IGNITE’s mission and vision and play a valuable role in our efforts to spread a national message that it is time for young women to step into political power.
IGNITE Fellows are changing the face of leadership in their communities, and ultimately, across the United States.
- Launches a regional college council for 20-30 politically ambitious young women from a group of local college campuses. Each College Council meets for bi-monthly weekend retreats to develop political leadership skills, learn in-depth information around a specific policy area, and receive mentorship from several elected women.
- Works with the College Council members to start and sustain IGNITE College Chapters on their home campuses, thereby reaching many more politically active young women. Chapters build political and civic engagement among students and organize activities like voter registration drives, policy workshops, and meetings with elected women and candidates. Chapters members have the opportunity to target their organizing efforts to the specific needs of their campus.
- Organizes a regional IGNITE events for an even broader audience of young women and community stakeholders to expand IGNITE’s program reach and audience.
2017-2018 Fellows Program
Accepting applications for Denver, CO.
Fellowship dates: August 28, 2017 - June 29, 2018.
- Your current resume
- Two letters of recommendation (one from an academic institution and one from a professional source)
- A cover letter explaining your personal career goals, describing your civic engagement and political leadership experience how you think becoming an IGNITE Fellow will help you shift the current landscape of representation in government.
Who are we looking for?
IGNITE is looking for Fellows from across the political spectrum who are deeply motivated, take initiative, have organizing experience on college campuses and have a track record building new initiatives. We are specifically looking for young women who have a history of serving their communities through volunteer activities, internships, or other extra-curricular activities. Strong candidates will demonstrate experience in civic engagement and political leadership with a deep commitment to advancing equal rights for women.
- August 14, 2017: All application materials and letters of recommendation must be emailed in PDF format to our Chief Program Officer, Sara Guillermo (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 11:59 pm PST.
- September 12 - 16, 2017: Cohort travels for Fellowship Retreat
Generous Fellowship Stipend
IGNITE Fellows will be compensated with a $10,000 stipend with the successful demonstration of monthly benchmarks and engagement in IGNITE National meetings and training.
For more information or questions, please contact our Chief Program Officer, Sara Guillermo (email@example.com).
Meet Our 2016-17 Fellows
Tiffaney Boyd serves as our Southern CA fellow. She recently graduated magna cum laude from California State University San Marcos and received her Baccalaureate degrees in Social Sciences and Communication. Tiffaney served in numerous leadership positions during her time at CSUSM. Most notably, she was elected to serve on her student government board for three years, attaining the position of President and was elected President of the National Communication Association’s honor society, Lambda Pi Eta. Tiffaney has a passion for access and education equity and encourages students to take an active interest in the political forces that shape their educations and their lives. Through this fellowship she hopes to help women and gender parity by demystifying the process of running for office and bridge the networks required for success in politics. You can reach Tiffaney at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kayla Farhang serves as our Minneapolis Fellow where she is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Kayla is working towards a Political Science and Global Studies double major. She has a strong passion for politics and has been involved in a lot of community organizing throughout my college career focused on a variety of social justice issues. Kayla has served as an Organizing Fellow for Students for Education Reform Action Network and as a Legislative Intern for the Minnesota School Boards Association. Kayla also serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of MPIRG a non-partisan organization where she organizing state-wide campaigns. As a Fellow, Kayla hopes to encourage her peers to pursue their passion for politics. As a woman in the field, she knows how important it is to feel a sense of support and solidarity. By creating an environment where women's voices are uplifted and where they feel confident and supported, the fellowship will help us achieve gender parity in the U.S. You can reach Kayla at email@example.com
Jade Goins serves as our Atlanta Fellow where she was born and raised. Jade attended Alabama State University from 2012-2016. While at ASU, she spent a majority of her time engaging with campus and community based organizations that stood for causes dear to her. Some of those organizations included URGE (Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity), The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, The One-Hundred Black Men of America, and others. Jade found it extremely important to explore areas she was interested in and to take on leadership roles as well. She recently graduated in May of 2016, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. As a fellow with IGNITE, Jade feels that this is her opportunity to get the U.S. to progress in the correct direction towards gender parity. The entire fellowship is an ideal avenue to encourage, educate, and empower young women towards equality. Jade’s goal is to inform young women that what is most important is their ability to succeed in any avenue. This fellowship will bring awareness to more young women on college campuses of their capabilities, which will result in them bringing change into their own communities. Once these two components are planted, the public will have to move forward in addressing issues regarding gender parity. The young women produced through this programming will not allow any less. You can reach Jade at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monica Sibri serves as our New York Fellow where she was the Founder of CUNY DREAMers, the first CUNY- wide student-led organization regardless of legal status that represents the needs and aspirations of undocumented students in The City University of New York. She is a leading advocate for creating change and accessibility to undocumented students for higher education and an organizer for equity laws that protect and advance the lives of immigrants. Monica firmly believes in civic engagement thus she has successfully helped organize and led voter registration campaigns from across the five boroughs. Monica is most grateful for the DREAM Fellowship Award that enabled her to become an organizer; and the Latino Leadership Institute Electoral Activism and Leadership Academy Award, where she learned intensive skills to be a better organizer and advocate for the immigrant community. Monica’s current and future goals include pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy and to get more women elected into office – particularly, to get more Latina women into the New York City Council by 2018. You can reach Monica at email@example.com