IGNITE launched our Colorado programming in 2014, leading with an inaugural conference. Today we administer our high school programming, work with students to organize college chapters in Denver and Fort Collins, host conferences, and connect young women with our elected network.
In 2016 IGNITE launched College Councils in the Denver and Fort Collins regions. Each Council meets regularly 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.
- Brighton High School
- Girls Athletic Leadership School
- Girls Inc of Metro Denver
- Florence Crittenton
- Rangeview High school
- STRIVE Prep Smart
Colleges and Universities
- Community College of Aurora
- Colorado Mesa University
- CSU Fort Collins
- CU Boulder
- Metropolitan State University of Denver
- University of Colorado Denver
- University of Denver
- University of Northern Colorado
Jessie Jennett serves as our Denver Fellow. She is currently pursuing a B.A. in Global Development and Public Policy, focusing on Women in Leadership at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Since high school, Jessie has been passionate about social justice. Attending MSU Denver, she experienced first-hand the immense barriers faced by students and young people. Financial challenges pushed Jessie to leave college briefly to work full time under Senator Brittany Pettersen and Representative Kerry Tipper as one of their lead field organizers in the 2018 election. She also worked as a Legislative Aide for Colorado State Representative Monica Duran during the 2019 legislative session. Upon returning to college, she continued her work in the Colorado House of Representatives. Additionally, Jessie is the Denver Development Director for Far Away Friends, raising money to equip kids with tools to break cycles of poverty. She also serves as the Vice President and Delegate of the Alpha Xi Chapter of the Thera Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority and is an Enumerator with U.S. Census Bureau for Census 2020. For Denver inquiries, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conferences and Training
For the current list of conferences and training, visit our Event Calendar.
IGNITE the Capitol: Colorado
Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm | Colorado State Capitol, Denver, CO
HB20-1131 Menstrual Hygiene Products in Schools Program
Bill Summary: The bill creates in the department of public health and environment (department) the menstrual hygiene products accessibility grant program (grant program) to provide awards to public schools or school districts in order to provide menstrual hygiene products at no expense to students. The state board of health is required to promulgate rules necessary for the implementation of the grant program. The department shall award grants subject to available appropriations, and may seek, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations from private or public sources.
HB20-1149 16-Year-Old Voting in School District Elections
Bill Summary: The bill allows a person who is preregistered to vote in school district elections beginning at 16 years of age. A school district election is defined as an election to recall a school district officer or an election called under title 22, Colorado Revised Statutes, including elections for: The state board of education; School district officers; Referred measures to impose or increase mill levies or to raise and expend property taxes; Referred measures relating to the organization of or plan of representation for school districts; and Referred measures related to the financial obligations and indebtedness of school districts. When a person preregisters, they must receive information concerning their eligibility to vote in school district elections and how to update their preregistration information and obtain and cast a ballot. The bill repeals the requirement that the voter information of pre-registrants be kept confidential. Read more.
Senate Bill 7: Prevent Sexual Misconduct at Higher Ed Campuses
Bill Summary: According to the U.S. Department of Justice, one out of four female undergraduates will be victim to some form of sexual assault before graduation. Moreover, according to RAINN, nearly 70% of victims don't inform the police and that a mere 25% of reported assaults eventually result in an arrest. These jarring statistics reflect the need for universities and colleges to increase prevention and support systems for many of our students. SB 7 is an important first step in ensuring that our students are safe by requiring institutions of higher education to provide training and awareness in the prevention of sexual misconduct. Additionally, the bill ensures that institutions are held accountable by establishing procedures for investigations, protections for involved persons, and reporting.
"The time is now for us to take preventative measures to stop sexual assault on college campuses before it happens. Senate Bill 7 is a step in the right direction because it focuses on prevention and emphasizes the consequences. We also picked this bill because it includes implementing sexual harassment training at every facility."
- Ayah Ziyadah, IGNITE Denver Fellow, sharing why her College Council selected SB 7