Young women in Public Affairs Award

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to honour young women of age 16 to 19 who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government, and volunteer organizations.

The competition begins at the local level with each Zonta Club eligible to nominate one candidate for the District award by submitting the application to the District Governor by April 1st. In District 4, the District winner receives $1,500 US, and the opportunity to compete for one of ten Zonta International awards of $4,000 US. Young women interested in this award programme should contact their local Zonta Club for instructions on how to apply.

The Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program was established in 1990. The program goal is to encourage more young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. Applicants of age 16-19 on 1st April each year, living in a Zonta district/region, or a citizen of a Zonta country, who demonstrate evidence of the following, are eligible to apply. Note that applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located will be considered and also eligible to apply for the district/region Award. Z and Golden Z club members are also eligible to apply. Classified members and employees of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation and their family members are not eligible to apply for the Awards.

Meet Our 2020 District 4 YWPA Winner

Sarah Rollings,

graduated from Depew High School & application submitted by ZC of Cheektowaga-Lancaster.

Bio

Contact your nearest Zonta Club for more information.

2021 YWPA Application Cover Sheet - Clubs

Club application form for submission.

Forward completed form with application to the D4 Governor before 1 April. 

2021 YWPA Pertinent Action Points

In our search for deserving candidates.  Follow-up points for YWPA Award District Chairmen & Club Presidents. 

YWPA 2021 Application

Note that applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located may apply via a Zonta e-club or directly to the district to be eligible for the district/region and international awards. Z and Golden Z club members are also eligible to apply. Classified members (club members and individuals with direct membership with Zonta International) and employees of Zonta International and Zonta International Foundation, and their family members (ancestors, descendants, adoptees, siblings, nieces or cousins, and those of their spouse or co-habiting partner), are not eligible to apply for the Awards. Previous International Young Women in Public Affairs Award recipients are not eligible to apply. 

Young Women in Public Affairs Award Resources

YWPA 2020 Recipients

ZI 2020 District & International Recipients. PDF

 

YWPA 2021 Recipients' Bios

2020 Awardees Bios – PDF

List of Recipients’ schools

ZI PDF

YWPA 2021 Guidelines for Clubs and District

Guide for Club & District YWPA Committees. PDF

The Young Women in Public Affairs Award Selection Criteria and Scoring Sheet are available on the Zonta International website for the evaluation committee. 

Great Girls Meet Great Women Resource

Guide for Club & District YWPA Committees. PDF

YWPA 2021 Poster

ZI Poster 2021 PDF

YWPA Background and Statistics

ZI 2021 PDF

YWPA Sample News Release Announcing Applications

ZI 2021 DOC

YWPA Sample News Release Announcing Recipients

ZI 2021 DOC

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Contact our D4 Awards Committee for more information.