The people who got us through 2020

2020 has been a year unlike any other. In addition to the amazing shows and captivating books, one thing undoubtedly helped us make it through this year: each other. These are the people who have lifted our spirits, reignited our passions and reminded us of what’s most important. These are the people who got us through 2020. 

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Local Politics 101: The Role of a Mayor

Politics is personal and it starts at the local level. Local elected officials are the ones who make decisions that affect our everyday lives and impact communities. In this new series on our blog, we’re taking an in-depth look at local elected offices. We’re starting with mayors, so keep reading to learn more about what a mayor is, what they do and how you can become one. 

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Social Media Advocacy 101

Social media advocacy, in a nutshell, is using the power of your social media platforms to inspire your fans, followers, and connections to support a cause by taking action. You don’t have to be a celebrity or an influencer to be a digital advocate and make an impact.

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The top 10 things that got us through 2020

2020 has not been an easy year to say the least, but December is coming to a close, which means this year is almost over. We are grateful for our IGNITE community, who have (virtually) leaned on each other for support, and found comfort in the shows, books and podcasts that transported us to other worlds. Here are some of the things that have gotten the IGNITE community through this year. 

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How to create your personal and political to-do list for 2021

As we wrap up an unprecedented 2020 and get ready for the new year, you’re probably thinking about what you want to accomplish in 2021, both personally and politically. So we’re here to help! Keep reading to learn how you can create effective to-do lists for the coming year. Don’t forget to save the template, fill it out and let’s get to work! 

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Op-ed: It's Dr. Jill Biden, period.

I got my Ph.D. at age 29. In the four years it took me to earn the degree I was trained in research methods and statistical analysis, I worked on a number of large-scale research studies, I co-authored articles, I designed and implemented original research, and I wrote a 150+ page dissertation. I have never led with the title. In fact, I rarely use it.

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A timeline of Sarah McBride's career

Delaware native Sarah McBride is a politician and activist. McBride is a State Senator-elect of the state of Delaware. McBride will be the first transgender state senator in the history of the United States. Here's a timeline of key moments in McBride's career. 

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Self-care after finals

You did it! Finals week is over, your exams are completed and now it’s time to take a well-deserved break. We’re here to help you do some self-care as you unwind from classes and prepare for a new year of owning your political power. Keep reading to see how you can destress now that your semester is over. 

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Op-ed: Leadership Takes Courage

Nayma Silver-Matos, an alumna of IGNITE and the State Committee Woman for New York's Assembly District 72 penned this powerful essay on Facebook. With her permission, IGNITE has republished it here. 

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The ABCs of elected office

Once elections pass and newly elected officials are sworn into office, that’s when our representatives get to work. But if you follow politics especially at the local level, you might hear titles being thrown around like “Commissioner” and “Lieutenant Governor”. What do those titles really mean? And what powers do those positions or offices hold? Keep reading to learn more about elected officials and offices at the state/local levels.

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