IGNITE launched in the Bay Area in fall of 2009. Today, we administer programs side wide. We administer high school programming in the Bay Area and have college chapters on campuses throughout California. We host annual political leadership conferences and connect young women to our elected network.
IGNITE has regional College Councils in Northern and Southern California and the Central Vallery made up of politically motivated college women who want to build their own leadership skills and bring the IGNITE program to their campuses. Councils meet quarterly to discuss relevant policy issues, learn from dynamic elected officials, develop political leadership skills, and build a network to support their ambitions for civic and political leadership.
- Capuchino High School
- East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy
- Empower LA
- Gateway High School
- Impact Academy Arts and Technology
- The Harker School
- Lionel Wilson College Preparatory
- Menlo School
- San Lorenzo High School
Colleges and Universities
- Berkeley City College
- Cabrillo College
- Dominican University of California
- Fresno State University
- Mills College
- Sacramento State
- San Francisco State University
- San Diego State University
- San Jose State
- Santa Clara University
- UC Berkeley
- UC Davis
- UC Los Angeles
- UC Merced
- UC Riverside
- UC San Diego
- University of Southern CA
Leslie Elizabeth Aguirre serves as our Southern California Fellow. She is a senior at CSU Northridge (CSUN) pursuing her bachelor’s in Political Science with minors in Sustainability and Civic and Community Engagement. On campus, Leslie has served as the President of the Political Science Student Association and Chair of Legislative Affairs. Off campus, Leslie serves as a board member for her neighborhood council and as a council member for LA Metro’s San Fernando Valley Service Council. Leslie is a proud San Fernando Valley native. She is passionate about improving the quality of life for her neighbors through innovative urban policy initiatives. She first realized her power to create change as a high school volunteer for a local political campaign. Leslie plans to run for local or state office. For Southern CA inquires, contact email@example.com
Angelica Espinoza serves as our San Diego Fellow. She is a current grad student at San Diego State University where she is pursuing a Master of Science in Homeland Security and where she also earned a Bachelor of Arts in International Security and Conflict Resolution. At SDSU, Angelica served as the Vice President of External Relations -- the first Latina to serve in over 15 years. Angelica also served on the Board of Directors for the CSU Student Association and as a council member on the College Area Community Council. Angelica’s upbringing in San Ysidro, a border town in CA, and as a child of immigrants truly instilled the importance of advocating for the most marginalized. She is eager to create an empowering environment where young women can discover their own unique ways to be civically engaged and learn how to use political institutions and their own narratives as a vehicle for change. For San Diego inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assembly Constitutional Amendment-4: Elections: Voting Age
Bill Summary: ACA-4 is a measure to allow 17-year-olds to vote in the primary if they are 18 by the general election. It is an effort to increase civic participation among young people and to encourage interest in the electoral process for a lifetime. Nearly a quarter of a million Californians who will be eligible to vote in the general election in November won’t be able to vote in the primary election March 3, according to an estimate based on Census Bureau data. Since young people typically have their first contact with the political process in their mandatory high school civics or government class, it’s the perfect time to engage them in the political process by making it possible for them to vote in the primaries. A change in primary voting age has the potential to drastically increase young voter turnout and voter retention, allowing young voters to get into the habit of civic engagement at an early age.
Update (August 26, 2019): The bill passed the Assembly with 58 votes and is now headed to the Senate. If the Bill passes the Senate, it will be placed on the November 2020 general election ballot.
Conferences and Training
For the current list of conferences and training, visit our Event Calendar.