A premier fellowship program for civically engaged young women

IGNITE Fellows are changing the face of leadership in their communities, and ultimately, across the United States. 

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A premier fellowship program for civically engaged young women who are on the path to becoming the next generation of political leaders. Every year IGNITE recruits a new cohort of diverse and passionate women in communities across the United States and provides them with resources, training and networks to launch political careers. These young women serve as ambassadors for IGNITE’s mission and vision and play a valuable role in our efforts to spread a national message that it is time for young women to step into political power.

Each Fellow:

  • Launches a regional college council for 20-30 politically ambitious young women from a group of local college campuses. Each College Council meets for bi-monthly weekend retreats to develop political leadership skills, learn in-depth information around a specific policy area, and receive mentorship from several elected women.
  • Works with the College Council members to start and sustain IGNITE College Chapters on their home campuses, thereby reaching many more politically active young women. Chapters build political and civic engagement among students and organize activities like voter registration drives, policy workshops, and meetings with elected women and candidates. Chapters members have the opportunity to target their organizing efforts to the specific needs of their campus.
  • Organizes regional IGNITE events for an even broader audience of young women and community stakeholders to expand IGNITE’s program reach and audience.

2019-2020 Fellows Program

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2019-2020 IGNITE Fellowship Cohort Cities

Albuquerque, NM | Atlanta, GA | Birmingham, AL | Boston, MA | Central Valley, CA | Chicago, IL | Columbus, OH | Denver, CO | Detroit, MI | Las Vegas, NV | Los Angeles - Southern CA | Madison, WI | Miami, FL | Minneapolis, MN | Nashville, TN | New York, NY | Philadelphia, PA | Raleigh, NC | San Antonio, TX | Seattle, WA

How to apply?

To apply to become an IGNITE Fellow, please complete this application. We will be accepting applications starting in March. 

Who are we looking for?

IGNITE is looking for Fellows from across the ideological spectrum who are deeply motivated, take initiative, have organizing experience on college campuses or in their communities and have a track record of building new initiatives and sustained programming. We are specifically looking for young women who have a history of serving their communities through volunteer activities, internships, public office, or other civic engagement activities. Strong candidates will demonstrate experience in organizing and coalition building, civic engagement and political leadership with a deep commitment to advancing equal rights for women. To learn more about the Fellowship, please read the Fellows Program Description.

Application Timeline

March 11, 2019: The application opens. We will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis.

April 5 to July 26, 2019: Application deadlines are staggered, depending on the city.

April 2019 to July 2019: Fellow candidates will be interviewed. There will be multiple rounds in the interview process.

August 1, 2019: The GNITE 2019-2020 Fellowship Cohort will be announced.

September 9 to 15, 2019: Cohort travels for Fellowship Program Training to San Francisco Bay Area.

August 12, 2019- July 15, 2020: 2019-2020 program dates for the 4th cohort of IGNITE Fellows. 

Generous Fellowship Stipend

IGNITE Fellows will be compensated with a $10,000 stipend with the successful demonstration of monthly benchmarks and engagement in IGNITE National meetings and training.

Webinar: Learn from current fellows about the program

Join us on Thursday, May 16, 7:00 pm EST for an informational webinar led by IGNITE Fellows to learn more about the program.


The webinar will be recorded if you miss it. 

For more information or questions, please contact our Fellows Program Director, Tierra Stewart at tierra@ignitenational.org

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2019-2020 Fellows

We will be announcing our new cohort of IGNITE Fellows on a rolling basis. 

Anais Franco serves as our Southern California Fellow. Anais holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Economics from California State University San Bernardino. Her background is in higher education and regional organizing. Anais’ recently served as the Regional Organizer for Rancho Cucamonga with James Ramos 2018 campaign for State Assembly. The focal point of her regional organizing and time on the campaign trail was making higher education more accessible to all as well as increasing trade school opportunities in the region. Anais' passion for higher education advocacy was the impetus for getting civically engaged. She currently works as an English Tutor for the Language Success Center at Chaffey Community College. For Southern California inquires, contact anais@ignitenational.org

Shradha Parkeh serves as our Columbus Fellow. Shradha is a  junior at Ohio State University in Columbus majoring in Public Management, Leadership, & Policy, and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. On campus, Shradha is involved with Undergraduate Student Government and the Multicultural Center.  She is a native Ohioan who is very passionate about social justice issues, especially women’s rights and equality, as well as other minority groups’ advocacy. She hopes to enact change through a position as a public servant for her community, at a local and national level. She wants to empower young women everywhere to succeed in politics and one day run for office! For Columbus inquires, contact shradha@ignitenational.org.
Cecilia Ruesta serves as our Central Valley Fellow. In undergrad at California State Fresno, Cecilia was a member of Students for Quality Education (SQE) where she mobilized students, faculty, and staff to address socioeconomic disparities in higher education. In addition to lobbying at the state level with SQE, she has also lobbied at the national level with United We Dream and other organizations in order to pass legislation that would grant deportation relief to thousands of immigrant youth. In the Women's Studies Program, she helped organize campus-wide campaigns to end gender discrimination, racism, and violence against women and children. Cecilia is originally from Lima, Peru and immigrated to the United States at the age of 17.  Cecilia holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies and a B.S. in Criminology and is currently in the MFT counseling program at California State University, Fresno. For Central Valley related inquiries, please contact Cecilia at ceciliar@ignitenational.org.
Loren Walters serves as our Atlanta Fellow. Loren Walter is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Political Science at Agnes Scott College. She first became involved with IGNITE as a member of the Agnes Scott college chapter in the spring of 2018. Due to increased engagement with the chapter, Loren was appointed Event Coordinator in the fall of 2019. In that same semester, she was appointed to Vice-President and only months later appointed as President in Spring of 2019. A few of Loren’s proudest moments within the chapter include registering voters, arranging transportation for students to and from voting polls, and organizing a midterm election watch party. Her campus and community involvement also include working as an Agnes Scott Spanish tutor and as a legal assistant at Sharifi Immigration Law, as well as volunteering for the Stacey Abrams for Governor Campaign. Loren is an aspiring attorney and plans to reform public education by one day running for a position on the Board of Education in her hometown of Chicago. For Atlanta related inquiries, please contact Loren at loren@ignitenational.org.

Ayah Ziyadeh serves as our Denver fellow. As a human rights activist, writer, and aspiring international law attorney, Ayah is passionate about making the world a better place to live in for everyone.  Ayah served as a Colorado State Capitol Fellow and lobbied for bills on civil rights, education and healthcare. She has also organized rallies in Colorado to raise awareness about crucial human rights issues around the world.  Ayah is proud to be working with IGNITE as she believes every female has the right to be politically active. She recently graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a B.A in international relations with a minor in philosophy. For Denver related inquiries, contact Ayah at ayah@ignitenational.org.   


Fellowship Cohort III: 2018-2019

Left to right, top to bottom: Jalessa Bryant, Quadira Coles, Andrea Duarte, Anais Franco, Kirsten Jackson, Abriana Kirt, Alyssa Mayleen Mermea, Ximena Mondragon, Shradha Parkeh, Cecilia Ruesta, Monica Sibri, Rae’Niqua K. Victorine, Louie Tan Vital, and Ayah Ziyadeh. Read the bios of our former fellows.

Fellowship Cohort II: 2017-2018

Left to right, top to bottom: Zunera Ahmed, New York Fellow; Kirsten Jackson, Atlanta Fellow; Nadya Okamoto, Boston Fellow; Geovanie (Geo) Ordonez, San Antonio, Fellow; Dalila Valdez Renteria, Southern California Fellow; Zeenat Yahya, Seattle Fellow; Elizabeth Zalanga, Minneapolis Fellow. Read the bios of our former fellows.

Fellowship Cohort I: 2016-2017


Left to right: Jade Goins, Atlanta Fellow; Kayla Farhang, Minneaplois Fellow; Monica Sibri, New York Fellow; and Tiffaney Boyd, Southern California Fellow. Read the bios of our former fellows.