IGNITE is an experience offered on HBCU partner campuses designed to light the fire of innovation in emerging leaders across the U.S.
In late 2022, Echoing Green launched IGNITE, a program for emerging leaders interested in taking action in their communities. Delivered at seven Historically Black Colleges & Universities in Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina, the IGNITE sessions sparked the innovative genius of undergraduate and graduate students on these campuses. The IGNITE program is part of a team effort to build more onramps to the social innovation field, including the seven HBCU partners for the 2022-23 school year: Clark Atlanta University, Dillard University, Morehouse College, North Carolina A&T, Southern University of New Orleans, Spelman College, and Xavier University of Louisiana.
Following the fall IGNITE workshops in each region, several students were inspired to take their leadership a step further by joining us for the three-month virtual Masterclass intensive during the spring semester. The program brought together 24 students from all partner schools for a curriculum focused on entrepreneurial thinking, social innovation, leadership identity, and creative problem-solving.