Building a movement of young women
who are ready to become the next
generation of political leaders.

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The City of Los Angeles Department of Neighborhood Empowerment is excited to announce IgniteLA, a program for young women that builds civic knowledge and leadership skills to bolster civic engagement.

Through a grassroots network of 97 Neighborhood Councils, EmpowerLA promotes civic engagement and improves government responsiveness to local needs.

Each Neighborhood Council consists of volunteer stakeholders who meet on a regular basis to discuss local issues, support neighborhood projects, and serve as a resource for the community.

Angelenas who complete the IgniteLA program will be ready to EmpowerLA by joining their Neighborhood Council Boards and Committees.

What?
IgniteLA is a non-partisan program whose mission is to empower every young woman interested in public service with the political and practical skills she needs to be a successful civic leader.

Who?
Young women between the ages of 14-24 who are interested in government and public service.

When?
The first and second Mondays of each month, twice per month for three months from February 2018 through April 2018 from 5:00pm -7:30pm.

Where?
IgniteLA will take place in 4 regional locations: the Valley, West Los Angeles, South Los Angeles/Harbor and Downtown Los Angeles.

Important Dates

    • January 15th– Application Deadline
    • January 19th– Decision Notification
    • February 5th– Session 1
    • February 12th– Session 2
    • March 5th– Session 3
    • March 12th– Session 4
    • April 2nd– Session 5
    • April 9th– Session 6

Please email ignite@empowerla.org with any questions.

By the end of this program, young women will:

    • Actively engage in the political process and assert and demonstrate their beliefs in the public arena
    • Actively listen to the perspectives of people they agree with and disagree with in order to clarify their own beliefs
    • Use civil discourse as a means to understand others’ viewpoints, clarify personal positions, and advocate and lobby for issues they care about
    • Be a part of the movement toward gender parity with equal numbers of women in office across all political parties and levels of government
    • Join their Neighborhood Council Boards and Committees