Our volunteers range from sharing their career journeys in technology, to becoming regular mentors inspiring self-identifying girls and non-binary students to explore opportunities in STEM.
“So many of these girls are like me. They are bright & curious, but so involved with trying just to make it that they can’t see all the opportunities available to them. IGNITE really makes a difference by helping them to see some of the things they might have missed.”
— Joanne Brandsma, Center of Excellence Program Manager, Microsoft
“The stories of the women from Cisco and Microsoft who become successful despite their struggles being the only women in male-dominated fields reminded me of my own struggles to fit in at Ballard. My first thought was “Wow, they are just like me.” I was inspired by how they were able to work through their obstacles and succeed.”
— Martha Flores, IGNITE student, University of Washington
Read more about the latest events and how volunteers have made a difference in the lives of so many self-identifying girls and non-binary students!
Whether you have 5 hours or 50 hours,
volunteer with IGNITE and start inspiring the lives of self-identifying girls and non-binary students in your area!
IGNITE Volunteer Opportunities:
The heart of IGNITE’s curriculum are the in-school panel discussions featuring professional women in STEM careers: sharing their career journey with a group of self-identifying girls and non-binary students (anywhere from 20-100 students).
Panelist responsibilities include:
- Sessions are scheduled October – May during the school year.
- Volunteer time is approximately 90 minutes including a lunch, not including travel time.
- Panelists are asked to give a 10-minute talk about their own experience and there is an open Q&A session with the girls at the end.
- Read IGNITE Panel Presentation Flyers for more detail
Professionals willing to provide solo talks to IGNITE chapters at a time of your choosing during the school day on a subject related to careers in science and technology. We typically plan for 60-90 minutes per session, not including travel time.
Company Field Trips
If your company is open to having field trip events – please contact us. We would love to partner to make that happen. Having self-identifying girls and non-binary students visit companies in their communities is an important part of the program that inspires the students, creates good community participation, and gives employees a chance to help self-identifying girls and non-binary students in local schools.
Learn more about how our Corporate Technology Partners work with IGNITE.
If an IGNITE chapter does not exist in your area, consider becoming a Chapter Champion to serve as the local liaison to establish a lasting IGNITE presence in a specific school district.
Chapter Champion responsibilities include:
- Meeting with school district officials or STEM educators
- Assisting in or leading fundraising efforts (approximate startup costs for an IGNITE chapter are $2,500- $5,000)
- Outreach to establish a base of local professionals to serve as panelists and speakers