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.


  • Monday Evenings, 5:00pm -7:30pm (East & West Valley, West LA, Harbor, Downtown LA)
  • Saturday Mornings, 10:00am – 12:30pm (South LA)
  • Spring 2020

IgniteLA will take place in 6 regional locations: the East and West Valley, West LA, South LA, Harbor and Downtown LA.

Important Dates

  • March 20: Applications Due
  • March 30: Decision Notifications Sent
  • Session Dates for East and West Valley, West Los Angeles, Harbor, Downtown LA: April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18*
  • Session Dates for South LA: April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 18*

*May 18th is a culmination ceremony that brings all citywide cohorts together for a reception in Downtown Los Angeles.

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