Congresswoman Susan Brooks to keynote Young Women Vote

Do you know that voting is the bedrock of our democracy and our voting block has incredible power? Join Congresswoman Susan Brooks and IGNITE for a two day virtual Young Women Vote Virtual Conference. 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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Campaigning on Campuses during COVID-19

Running for student government can seem like an overwhelming decision, especially during a global pandemic. With social distancing measures still in place, the campaigning process will look a bit different from before. With universities moving entire student elections online, you’re presented with the unique challenge of reaching as many students as possible all from home. Check out these tips from students who recently ran for student government and won.

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Valerie B. Jarrett wants Gen Z to vote

Do you know that voting is the bedrock of our democracy and our voting block has incredible power? Join Valerie B. Jarrett and IGNITE for a two day virtual Young Women Vote Virtual Conference. 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: Raie

As a child of Ethiopian immigrants, IGNITE Minnesota Fellow Raie Gessesse saw firsthand how politics can impact people. “My life has been a product of policy decisions and always had a relationship to how political leaders have structured society,” she shares. Though she never saw herself running for office when she was younger, attending IGNITE events showed her that to make a change in her community, she had to get political.

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News from IGNITE: We're going to make sure Gen Z votes

In this issue:

  • A note from Anne 
  • Voting in a Pandemic
  • Help us recruit the next cadre of IGNITE Fellows
  • IGNITE Online
  • Support IGNITE
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How to create a financial road map

According to AAUW, women make around 80% of what men earn. That gap is much wider for women of color. For example, in 2018, Latinas were compensated 54% of what non-Hispanic white men were paid. This pay gap affects women in many areas of their lives, but don’t let it stop you from creating the financial future you deserve. Follow these steps to create your financial road map and set yourself up for success. 

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Fellow Spotlight: Fiona Murray

Fiona Murray was interested in politics from a young age, but she never really saw herself as a politician. Now, the IGNITE Seattle Fellow is well on her way to becoming a politician and is motivated to help other young women do the same. Fiona first came across the IGNITE Fellowship when a friend sent her the application, but she was unsure of whether to apply. She came across the application a few more times and spoke with her career advisor about the opportunity before finally applying on the last day. 

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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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