IGNITE At Your High School
It's never too early to become a political leader!
IGNITE's High School Programs are designed to empower young women by providing them with the tools and knowledge to become politically aware, civically engaged and define their call to action. Our high school program includes three delivery models: High School Chapters, Clubs and a National High School Council series.
IGNITE High School Chapters
IGNITE High School Chapters are school-sponsored programs at a school site. IGNITE partners with school sites and/or community-based organizations to deliver the IGNITE High School Curriculum. IGNITE Chapters aim to:
- Increase women's political and civic engagement and leadership on high school campuses nationwide.
- Provide high school women with a network of like-minded, ambitious women leaders.
- Help young women position themselves for actual bids for candidacy.
- Build the next generation of women political leaders.
High School Curriculum
IGNITE's High School Curriculum is age-appropriate for 14-17 year old students. IGNITE has hundreds of hours of lesson plans that cover understanding how government works, why gender parity in politics matters, how to identify, define and own your call to serve the fundamentals of political engagement, and honing the skills to analyze policy. Participants learn critical thinking, civil discourse and how to work with students who don’t have the same viewpoints.
IGNITE High School Clubs
IGNITE High School Clubs are student-led programs at a school site. These clubs are specifically geared toward empowering young women who are passionate about enhancing their leadership, activism, and public service skills. High School Clubs will have access to the IGNITE High School Club Toolkit, a comprehensive guide designed to assist in establishing an IGNITE High School Club for students in grades 9-12.
The Toolkit offers a step-by-step process that schools or community-based organizations can follow to create their own club, complete with member recruitment, defining club roles, and launching the first project or activity. The Toolkit also helps club participants develop various skillsets that they can utilize in future roles related to Civic and Political Leadership at the local, state and national levels.
National High School Council Series
The National High School Council training series is designed to engage 9th-12th grade students and advisors on civic and political knowledge and the tools they need to mobilize and activate their communities while building their political ambition. National High School Councils are led by IGNITE staff and offered four times per school year, and will include two sessions each time. Participants will have access to IGNITE's resources and a system of support that equips young women with the ability to identify the needs of their community, build their leadership skills, and find ways to become civically engaged locally.