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 across the state of Texas. 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 Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio 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
  • East Early College High School
  • Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School
  • Kathlyn Joy Gilliam Collegiate Academy
  • KIPP Houston High School
  • KIPP Northeast College Preparatory Academy High School
  • KIPP Sunnyside High School
  • Lancaster ISD
  • MacArthur High School
  • Royse City High School
  • Skyline High School
  • Sunset High School
  • Uplift Summit International Preparatory
  • Ursuline Academy
  • YES Prep Gulfton 
  • Young Women's College Preparatory Academy

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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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Stephanie Nava serves as our San Antonio Fellow. She will be the first in her family to obtain a college degree when she graduates in December with a B.A. in Political Science from St. Mary's University. Stephanie was the co-founder of the first IGNITE chapter in San Antonio and proudly served as president while also mentoring first-year students in the Political Science Living Learning Community. She worked for the National Diversity Council, conducting research on diversity programs and planning the National Latino Leadership Conference. Additional, Stephanie worked for Teach For America, where she planned recruitment events. In the San Antonio community, she has volunteered with San Antonio Youth Literacy, Girls Inc., and RAICES. After she graduates, she hopes to attend law school and ultimately run for a judicial position in her hometown of El Paso, Texas. For San Antonio inquiries, email stephanie@ignitenational.org.

Conferences and Events

Young Women Run Texas

Saturday, February 22,  2019 | 9:00 am to 3:00 pm | UT Dallas Davidson-Gundy Alumni Center


Boss Ladies Houston

Saturday, May 2, 2020 | 9:00 am to 1:30 pm | Venue coming soon