The IGNITE Mission

Our mission is to inspire girls to become the future technology leaders and innovators of our world.

IGNITE was created in the Seattle Public School District and continues to run as a State and National Best Practice program. IGNITE has won many prestigious awards that sets a course of leadership for other school districts to follow. Cathi Rodgveller, M.S. Ed., founded IGNITE in 1999 and continues to run the program in Seattle Schools. Other districts can use the program by contacting IGNITE.

IGNITE provides equal access to career and technical education for underrepresented populations. We discovered that inviting girls to informational programs where they met women working in STEM careers immediately increased girls interest up to 50% in technology programs offered by the school district. IGNITE introduces school girls from grades 6-12 to technology careers via panel discussions, job shadowing, technology workshops, mentoring, and field trips throughout the school year to visit the work places of professional women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.

IGNITE has educated and empowered over 30,000 young women in middle school and high school grades to pursue education and careers in STEM.

How can you help?


Become a supporter

  Our supporters provide financial assistance to IGNITE and help us reach more girls.


Start a Chapter

The IGNITE program is award winning and effectively increases awareness and interest in STEM careers among girls.


Become a volunteer

Our volunteers range from sharing their career journeys in technology to becoming regular mentors to inspire girls to explore opportunities in STEM.

What's New?

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