JENNIFER SPIGNER
COLLEGE AND CAREER CENTER SPECIALIST
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO LEAD IGNITE AT YOUR SCHOOL?
The mission of IGNITE is what inspired me to join IGNITE. It gives our female students (especially students of color) who have faced challenges the chance to see a brighter future through STEM and meet women in the various fields.

 

WHAT IMPACT HAS IGNITE HAD ON YOUR FEMALE STUDENTS?
Before IGNITE, our female students had not had the opportunity to see and meet successful women in STEM careers. However, after the first field trip the students shared how they felt supported by these professional women who were truly dedicated to their work and encouraged the girls to consider STEM fields in their post-secondary education. This energized the students to focus on their classes because now they could see paths to successful careers in STEM which provide more than a living wage.

 

ARE THERE ANY MEMORABLE STORIES OF HOW IGNITE HAS HAD AN IMPACT ON A PARTICULAR GIRL?
One of our students stepped up to be the leader in the group during our field trips and now arrives at school first for field trips. Her attendance has improved and she encourages her peers to do their school work. After a panel member shared this mantra, “Don’t decrease your goals but increase your efforts,” she felt inspired to share this with her peers. She had never considered STEM as a career, but after meeting panel members who have shared their work, cultural background and life experiences, it inspired her to look into STEM careers.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SHARE ABOUT IGNITE TO THE WIDER COMMUNITY?
IGNITE has introduced our female students to the possibility of what STEM careers have to offer.

 

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