Fellow Spotlight: Abriana Kirt

Abriana Kirt wasn’t always interested in politics, but her political journey started soon after the 2016 election -- the first election she was able to vote in. While scrolling through Instagram one day, Abriana stumbled upon some posts by her good friend and previous IGNITE Atlanta Fellow, Kirsten Jackson. As Kirsten continued to post about her work as an IGNITE Fellow, Abriana’s interest in becoming a Fellow herself grew. IGNITE wasn’t in her area at the time, but after a year, the Fellowship opened up in Birmingham and Abriana jumped at the opportunity to become the very first Fellow in the area. 

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Rep. Lauren Underwoods calls on young women to vote

Do you know that voting is the bedrock of our democracy and our voting block has incredible power? Join Illinois Representative Lauren Underwood and IGNITE for Young Women Vote Virtual Summit. Learn from experts and elected leaders about how to mobilize your peers to get registered, educated, and organized to get to the polls. Get ready to #IGNITEtheVote in the 2020 election and beyond.

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Fellow Spotlight: Saha Salahi

Growing up in Nevada as the child of Afghani-immigrant parents, Saha Salahi always felt as though she was trying to find her sense of self, but didn’t think she’d find herself in politics. “I never thought I would be interested in politics, mostly because I’ve never seen someone like myself in the political realm.” shares Saha. 

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5 things you didn’t know about voting

You have the power to decide elections at the local and federal level. Make your voice heard. With the upcoming election taking place in less than 150 days, here are some important things you may not know about voting.

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Black Lives Matter Resources

At IGNITE National, we are learning how to become better allies everyday and want to uplift the voices of our Black community who are leading the way. This blog post contains a list of resources for Black Lives Matter, including educational resources, ways to get involved and more. 

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How to be a digital advocate for Black Lives Matter

Being a digital advocate is a great way to create change using the power of social media. Whether you have 100 followers or 1000 followers, you can use your platform to speak out about issues you’re passionate about and reach people who will in turn engage with the content. Here are some ways you can be a digital advocate, as well as some things to remember about the spaces you’re advocating in. 

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Black Lives Matter

The constant assault on our Black community must stop. At IGNITE, we support the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We will do what it takes to amplify the voices of Black women and men of all ages, and especially our IGNITE program participants and alumni who are leading protests and making concrete recommendations for systemic change in response to the deep racism in this country. We stand in solidarity with our youth leaders and their solutions. 

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Fellow Spotlight - Zeenat Yahya

After working at a law firm for six weeks, Zeenat Yahya realized she wanted to do something different. She applied to work for IGNITE, and after serving as the California Program Coordinator, headed off to grad school to study Education Policy in Washington state. Zeenat wanted to stay engaged with IGNITE, so she transitioned into the role of Seattle Fellow in 2017. 

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How to be politically engaged during an election year

2020 is a huge year for politics, and you have the power to make an impact in your community. Here are five ways you can be politically engaged during an election year. 

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Guide to campaigning like a boss

If you’ve been thinking about getting involved in politics by working on a campaign, we’re here to help! Working on a campaign is a great way to get more women in elected office and can be a really rewarding experience regardless of the outcome. There are a lot of moving parts to a campaign, so we’ve created this guide to help you campaign like a boss. 

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