IgniteLA helps young women gain civic leadership skills and prepare to run for office

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

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 99 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.

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.

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

Write to us at ignite@empowerla.org to get notified if you’re interested in applying for the next IgniteLA series, or in learning about other youth opportunities EmpowerLA offers.

In the past, the sessions for each IgniteLA series have rotated across 6 regional locations across the City: the East and West Valley, West LA, South LA, Harbor and Downtown LA. Future sessions may also be held virtually.

Need help or have questions?

Please email ignite@empowerla.org with any questions.

By the end of this program, young women will:

  • Actively engage in the political process; listen to the perspectives of others in order to clarify, assert, and demonstrate their own beliefs in the public arena
  • Use civil discourse as a means to understand others’ viewpoints, clarify personal positions, and advocate 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