Make a change in your community with legislative advocacy

Legislative advocacy is one of the most effective ways to make a change in your community. One way to go about advocacy is to draft and present a policy proposal. A policy proposal is what you bring to elected officials or decision-makers about a certain policy or issue. But before reaching out to elected officials, it’s important to define your end goal and choose which level of government your policy proposal affects (state, county, municipal, or school board). After that, it’s time to start creating your pitch and policy proposal. 

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How to land a job in politics

Do you want to make a difference in your community? Or make a change in the political process? From legislative aide to advocacy work, there are so many different ways you can work in politics. Here are some tips to help you jump-start your career in politics. 

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Fellow Spotlight: Ayah Ziyadeh

Born in Jordan to Palestinian parents who were forced to flee their country, Ayah Ziyadeh says being an activist is in her blood. Fueled by her passion for making a difference in the world, she began participating in protests at the young age of 15 and now, at 23, she’s even more vocal about the changes that need to be made. Ayah is currently IGNITE’s Denver Fellow and has already started a career in politics, currently as a Legislative Aide to Representative Mike Weissman at the Colorado General Assembly. Despite her passion for change, she wasn’t always sure if politics was the path for her. 

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How to be an advocate during COVID-19

Being an advocate is important now more than ever. But how do you become, or remain, an advocate during the time of COVID-19? With a lot of crucial events moving online, more and more advocacy-related efforts are going digital to follow suit.

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Zoom Backgrounds for Women in Politics

Working from home is new for many of us. If you're like me, I'm getting a bit bored with my typical office background - conference call after conference call of staring at the same thing. I've rounded up a few "work environments" for the IGNITE community that will spice up those endless hours online. 

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Fellow Spotlight: Alicia Smith

With a passion for helping people tap into their hidden power, IGNITE Fellow Alicia Smith wants everyone to know that their civic engagement is crucial to the success of their community. Alicia came across IGNITE when she attended the annual Young Women Run New York conference last year. Upon hearing the call to action, she participated in a College Council hosted by the NY Fellow at the time, and was inspired to become a Fellow herself. With a bachelor’s degree in social work, Alicia wasn’t sure if the Fellowship was for her. She quickly discovered the Fellowship is for anyone who is passionate about creating change.

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Champion for Women's Rights: Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has dedicated her public life to serving South Floridians and standing up for justice, equality, and opportunity wherever and whenever it is threatened. First sworn in to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2005, the Congresswoman has also demonstrated her ability to pass meaningful legislation in a bipartisan fashion. 

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Why you REALLY need to take the Census

Every 10 years, people from across the country knock on the doors of millions of residents as part of the U.S. Census. While this aspect of the census may look different in the current climate, the Census remains one of the most important forms of civic engagement and it has a greater impact on you than you might have previously thought. 

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10 tips for working remotely from our remote team

If you’re one of the many people who have just made the switch to working from home, you’re probably still adjusting to your new, unique work situation. Check out these tips from our very own IGNITE experts. We’re a national team that’s been working remotely together for years and have some tips to make working from home work for you.

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Call to action: Be a Virtual Advocate!

We can and will continue to uplift and empower women and girls through policies that advance gender equity, even in this constantly changing world.

It's time to join IGNITE as we take our legislative advocacy online!

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