This is our story...
"The same grace that saves one keeps another."
~ Mike Hayes ~
Having established a global impact since 2003, Ignite International's Founder Judy Fox sensed there are more lives to reach, more hearts to touch, and a unique way to do it. She couldn't put her finger on exactly what "it" was. The answer was introduced on a normal Friday night in 2018, which turned out to be anything but normal, as a complete stranger walked off her television screen and into the very heart of Ignite International through an episode of Dateline NBC.

Ignite U1 reflects the random convergence of two paths of opposite origin. Today, they share not only a profound friendship but a unique determination to break intergenerational cycles of trauma and ignite generational cycles of hope.
Ignite U1 is an education-based initiative of Ignite International, Inc. empowering teens and adults to break intergenerational cycles of trauma and equipping them with practical skills to ignite generational cycles of hope. Since 2019 we have inspired hundreds of teens and adults with a simple message: You cannot undo the past, but you can change the future when you Ignite You First.

We recognize a ruthless enemy is attacking our nation. From the inner city to affluent suburbs, millions of Americans live haunted by the indiscriminate effects of trauma, leading to adverse behaviors with potentially tragic outcomes.

By addressing this urgent trend with the tools to overcome it, we can heal our nation one life at a time. We do this in two ways:
1) Inspiring hope though the journeys of extreme overcomers, and
2) Coaching the practical skills to create a successful future

As Ignite International goes into our next 20 years, we do so with a clear message said best by Katie, "If you can get through this first, you have the whole world in the palm of your hand...It starts with you first."

Ignite U1 is based in Dallas, TX. We are available in-person or online, based on how our services best meet your needs.

Here are the reasons you can be confident in the Ignite U1 team to help you break the cycles of trauma:

  • REPUTABLE – Ignite International’s historic impact in a dozen nations positions us as well-respected.
  • INTEGRITY Having a reputation of integrity comes with years of proven follow-through. We've done that. Our word is good.
  • RELATABILITY We are real people who have endured real adversity, made real mistakes, and experienced real transformation.
  • CUSTOMIZABLE All of our content is customized to specifically address your individual and organizational needs.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE – Your satisfaction is our success. No hassles, no problem.
What People Are Saying
  • Zoey Schwolert
    Director of Marketing & Outreach
    Roots Renewal Ranch | TX
    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! The girls were truly moved by you all. The ability to relate and get through to even our toughest clients. It was incredible to see the girls' faces as Katie talked. They felt seen, and it was so special. The vulnerability of Katie, and the Q&A at the end. It was great to see how many questions and comments our girls had. They were so invested. You all give the clients a space to be vulnerable, be seen, and have hope for a brighter future. I am honored to have witnessed such a powerful night and so excited for the lives we can make a difference in, TOGETHER.
  • Noble Crawford
    Co-Founder | Hope Farm | TX
    Ignite U1 is no stranger to encouraging those who need a fresh perspective. Katie's story is not a black or white story, nor a male or female story. It's a human story.
    The tools of sports concepts and testimonials that Ignite U1 uses to ignite you to go to the next level are very effective particularly because sports and recreational activities are a universal language that provides entree into the lives of those who have experienced trauma or who live on the margins of life. It's a setup to introduce Truth into their lives and no one does that better than Ignite U1.
  • Tonya Miller, EdS
    Counselor, TCSS Academy | AL
    This organization would be very beneficial to any type of alternative school setting. The population of students we serve are those who have mental health diagnoses and/or have made poor choices that resulted in disciplinary action. A large majority of our students have experienced extensive trauma in their lives, much like Katie. Katie's story resonated with both our students and faculty. Sharing her story of overcoming obstacles and never giving up hope gave our students motivation to overcome their own obstacles and trauma. The experiences, strategies, and level of understanding these ladies bring to the table is unmatched.