Ignite Leadership Program - University of Houston
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Ignite Leadership Program

Welcome to the Ignite Leadership Program! Housed in the Center for Student Involvement, the Ignite program is a foundational leadership development program for UH students who want to develop their leadership skills and become a part of a positive leadership community.

This year-long workshop series provides the knowledge and tools to prepare students for leadership in the UH community and beyond. This is an excellent opportunity for students to establish a professional network of peers, receive coaching from an upperclassmen mentor, and learn leadership practices from UH Staff and Houston community leaders. Through the cohort model, Ignite mentors guide small groups through the program and create positive relationships and a supportive environment.

Email Makiya Owens if you have any questions.

Participants in the Ignite program will:

  • Develop a strong foundation of personal leadership competencies that will prepare them for leadership roles on campus and beyond.
  • Gain the confidence to apply for new leadership opportunities both on and off-campus.
  • Be knowledgeable about campus resources and opportunities to get involved.
  • Create meaningful personal relationships and build a sense of belonging in the campus community.
  • Build a professional and social network of friends and fellow leaders.

Program Outline

Entry (Fall) Individual Progress Exit (Spring)
  • Apply to the program
  • Attend Ignite Leadership Program Retreat
  • Take program pre-assessment
  • Meet with Peer Mentor once each semester
  • Collect points throughout the semester (at least three to four from each category: Connect, Discover, Engage).
  • Attend Friday bi-weekly meetings throughout the semester
  • Submit oral/written reflections of each semester after all points are completed for approval by Ignite Advisor
  • Participants will be removed from the program for not meeting twice a semester with the Peer Mentor, submitting one reflection per semester, or attending most training meetings/retreats. **
  • Complete the group service project
  • Attend the Ignite Leadership Program Graduation Ceremony
  • Take program post-assessment

Mandatory Program Activities

  1. Ignite Retreat
  2. Workshop Meetings (every other week)
  3. Attend LeadUH Workshops
  4. Group Service Project
  5. Actively engage with Mentor and Small Group
  6. Graduation

Program Outline

Date Time Event
Thursday, September 26, 2024 1-5 PM Mentor Retreat
Friday, September 27, 2024 1-8 PM Ignite Retreat
Friday, October 11, 2024 1-3 PM Large Group Session #1
Friday, October 25, 2024 1-3 PM Large Group Session #2
Friday, November 8, 2024 1-3 PM Large Group Session #3
Friday, December 6, 2024 1-3 PM Semester Celebration
Friday, January 24, 2024 1-3 PM Large Group Session #4
Friday, February 14, 2024 1-3 PM Large Group Session #5
Friday, February 28, 2024 1-3 PM Large Group Session #6
Friday, March 21, 2024 1-3 PM Large Group Session #7
Friday, April 4, 2024 1-3 PM Large Group Session #8