IGNITE Worldwide is the answer to achieving gender equity in STEM.
WHY SUPPORT IGNITE WORLDWIDE?
STEM fields are among the fastest growing careers in the world, but women are being left behind.
of engineers are women
of people in computing are women
We envision a world where every girl has IGNITE Worldwide at her school. All girls deserve equal access to STEM education during their school day, so they are aware of STEM opportunities and have the social and cultural capital to secure and thrive in a STEM career. IGNITE Worldwide promotes economic equality and workforce development by cultivating a diverse pipeline of talent and supporting a sustainable future for girls and their families.
IGNITE Worldwide is the answer to achieving gender equity in STEM. We work directly with teachers during the school day to provide programming that promotes STEM education and career advancement for girls and non-binary youth from historically marginalized communities. Through hands-on events that connect students with role models who live and work in their communities, students recognize new possibilities for their futures.
How does IGNITE Worldwide work?
LAUNCH IGNITE AT a SCHOOL
INSPIRE GIRLS TO PURSUE STEM
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girls served by IGNITE attend Title 1 schools, where 40% or more of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
Improving the gender balance
IGNITE provides teachers with the tools they need to attract and retain girls and non-binary students in STEM classes. See the comparison of female enrollment in computer science and engineering courses before and after IGNITE.
Data based on a 2013-2017 study conducted in Seattle Public Schools.
It was inspiring to see so many diverse, successful women.
- 8th Grade Student
I enjoyed every single moment. Each of their stories about struggles and getting through them has inspired me!
- IGNITE Student
Hearing the ladies talk about themselves and how they ended up here made me think, that could be me.
- 11th Grade Student
I learned that everyone can find some kind of career in technology that would line up with their interests. It was very helpful. Now I know what classes to take.
- 9th Grade Student
I enjoyed hearing the experiences and advice from the panelists, especially because they all have such different jobs within STEM. This has inspired me to try new things that I’ve never considered before.
- 12th Grade Student
It was very interesting and opened my eyes up to my choices of careers and the opportunities that there are.
- IGNITE Student
Awards, Recognition and Media
Freeman Means Business “Wonder Women in Business” Blogcast featuring IGNITE Worldwide’s Founder
Global Good Awards: Community Partnerships Finalist
IGNITE Worldwide Receives Grant from the Boeing Company to Launch Elementary Program
U.S. Department of State and World Affairs Council Award for International Program
National Science Foundation and White House OSTP Award for STEM Program Excellence
KIRO Radio and WSECU Hometown Hero Award, Presented to IGNITE Worldwide’s Founder
Women in Tech Regatta Panel, Take Your Seat at the Table: Building Credibility, Moderated by IGNITE Worldwide’s Founder
KIRO 7 Interview Featuring IGNITE Worldwide’s Founder
iHeart Media, IGNITE Worldwide Featured in Seattle in the Community Show
National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity Unsung Hero Award
CenturyLink Spirit of Service Award, Presented at Seahawks Game
Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (AnitaB.org) Social Impact Award
USA Today Article, Teaching for the Future: Steering Girls to Science
The International Alliance for Women World of Difference 100 Award
Women’s eNews Seven Who Stretch the Possible Award, Presented to IGNITE Worldwide’s Founder
Senator Maria Cantwell Introduces the “21st Century IGNITE STEM Act”
Department of Education, State and National Best Practice Program Award
Seattle Times Article, IGNITE Group Introduces Teenage Girls to High-Tech
Cisco National Gender Equity Award
Feature in Seattle Public Schools Newsletter, New Group IGNITEs Girls to Get Into High Tech