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IGNITE Leadership Experience

What is IGNITE?
The IGNITE Leadership Experience is a fall semester leadership program for 1st and 2nd year undergraduate students designed to gain insight into personal values and leadership style. IGNITE is designed to be a springboard into involvement at UIC. It is sponsored by Campus Programs and Student Leadership Development and Volunteer Services.

It is the goal of the program to help you connect with people and activities on campus and in the community. These connections will assist you in developing and finding your ideal involvement during your time here and allow you to "Ignite your passion and spark a change" at UIC.

How do I participate?
Applications for fall 2014 participation will be available here in September. We are currently recruiting upperclassmen mentors to aid in the development of participants, while continuing to grow their own leadership skills. Mentors will work in pairs to facilitate discussions and personal growth in a small group of IGNITE participants. It is an expectation that mentors will share their knowledge, skills, and perspectives as leaders on campus to foster the growth of underclassmen students.

What are the requirements to serve as an IGNITE mentor?

  • Any currently enrolled UIC junior or senior undergraduate student is eligible to apply.
  • Mentors must commit to each of the nine IGNITE sessions on Monday nights from 3:45 PM - 6 PM starting September 29 and ending on November 24.
    • Unfortunately, due to the nature of our program, if you have a class/work/personal conflict that overlaps with our program schedule, you are not eligible to apply for the program. Please try again next year if you are able!
  • Mentors must attend two 2-hour training sessions in late summer / early fall.
  • Mentors must attend Catalyst LeaderShape on Saturday, September 27 from 9 AM - 5 PM.
  • We are seeking current leaders on campus with a passion for helping students find their place at UIC.

What are other students saying?

  • "Everyone was supportive and I learned from my peers more than I thought I would"
  • "IGNITE helps you see a broader perspective, strengthens your leadership skills, and speech skills. This helped strengthen my leadership skills and definitely helped me plan my future. You guys rock!"
  • "IGNITE creates a safe environment that helps you become well rounded and informed. Helps you learn about yourself and strengthen leadership abilities."

Can IGNITE count towards my UIC Experience certificate?
Yes! An IGNITE Theme is available as a UIC Experience certificate option and is only available to IGNITE participants and mentors. Through IGNITE, participants will automatically complete three of six required experiences and mentors will automatically complete four of six required experiences! Through involvement with IGNITE you could already be well on your way towards earning a UIC Experience Certificate. For more information on the UIC Experience, visit uicexperience.uic.edu.

How do I apply to be an IGNITE mentor?
Complete an application by 5:00 PM on April 11, 2014. The application can be found at: uic.collegiatelink.net/form/start/23406.

If you are seeking information about Ignite Admitted Students Day through UIC Admissions, please visit www.admissions.uic.edu/visit/ignite.

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