IGNITE launched in Texas in 2011 thanks to a grant from the Boone Family Foundation. Today we train young women at high schools, colleges and universities in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and Austin regions. We administer high school programming, work with students to organize college chapters, connect young women with our elected network and host an annual political leadership conference.

IGNITE has College Councils in the Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston regions made up of politically motivated college women who want to build their own leadership skills and bring the IGNITE program to their campuses. 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.

K12 Programs

  • Bishop Dunne Catholic School
  • Brookhaven Early College High School
  • Cedar Ridge
  • Dallas Law Magnet
  • DeSoto High School
  • DeSoto East Middle School
  • DeSoto West Middle School
  • Gilliam Collegiate Academy
  • Incarnation House
  • Irma Rangel
  • KIPP Generations Collegiate High School
  • KIPP Houston High School
  • KIPP Northeast College Preparatory Academy High School
  • KIPP Sunnyside High School
  • Lancaster ISD
  • MacArthur High School
  • McCowan Middle School
  • Paschal High School
  • Royse City High School
  • Skyline High School
  • Summit International Prep
  • Ursuline Academy
  • Young Women's College Preparatory Academy
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy High School

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Colleges and Universities

  • Baylor University
  • Brookhaven College
  • Collin College
  • Hardin Simmons University
  • Lone Star College Tomball
  • Our Lady of the Lake
  • Prairie View A&M University
  • Rice University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • St. Edward's University
  • St. Mary's University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Texas Woman's University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston - Downtown
  • University of Incarnate Worth
  • University of North Texas
  • University of Texas - El Paso
  • UT San Antonio
  • UT Austin
  • UT Dallas
  • UT Tyler 

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Ximena Mondragon serves as our San Antonio Fellow. Ximena is currently a Political Science major at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio Texas. When she graduates in the Spring of 2019, Ximena will be the first in her family to obtain a college degree. She has been an IGNITE member since high school and founded the IGNITE chapter at St. Mary’s University, where she now serves as President.  Ximena is a McNair Scholar and part of the Marianist Leadership Program. She plans to obtain her PhD in Political Science. She is dedicated to empowering girls and serves as a mentor for Girls Incorporated of San Antonio. For San Antonio related inquiries, contact Ximena at ximena@ignitenational.org.

Now recruiting a 2019-2020 IGNITE Fellow for San Antonio, Texas

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Conferences and Training

Young Women Run Houston 2019

Saturday, April 6, 2019 | Houston, Texas