YWPA Recipient Jane Kennedy

YWPA Recipient Olivia Wicki

YWPA Recipient Raina Kadavil

YWPA Recipient Audra Burke

Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Award description

Though about 40 percent of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 23.5 percent of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 July 2017. Because Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service, it offers the Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award, which recognizes young women, ages 16-19, for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Established in 1990 by Past International President Leneen Forde, Zonta has given 846 awards (includes international awards), totaling US$836,750, to 724 young women representing 56 countries.

The program operates at the Zonta club, district/region and international levels. Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients, and district/region and international awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation. District recipients receive US$1,000, and 10 international recipients are selected from the district/region recipients to receive awards of US$4,000 each.

Eligibility

Women, ages 16-19 on 1 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.

  • Active commitment to volunteerism.
  • Experience in local government, student government, or workplace leadership (paid or unpaid).
  • Volunteer leadership achievements.
  • Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs.
  • Support in Zonta International's mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Applicants from geographic areas within a Zonta district/region where no clubs are located will be considered and 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.

Application process

The application must start with a Zonta club. All application materials must be received at a Zonta club by the printed deadline. Zonta clubs select one application to send to the district governor/region representative. A district/region evaluating committee reviews the applications and selects one applicant per district/region to submit to Zonta International Headquarters.

The Zonta International YWPA Award Committee recommends 10 international recipients from the district/region applications to the Zonta International Board. After approval by the Zonta International Board, the Zonta International Foundation provides awards and certificates to the district/region, and international recipients.

Applications must be submitted
through a Zonta club.
 
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Deadline

Applications for the 2017 Young Women in Public Affairs Award must be received by the assigned deadline that is declared by the applicant's local Zonta club. The 2017 recipients will be chosen by 1 July 2017.

Funding

YWPA Awards are made possible by generous contributions to the Zonta International Foundation Young Women in Public Affairs Award Fund.

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The application and other materials are now available for the 2018 Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

The application and other materials are now available for the 2018 Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

Zonta International is proud to announce the 2017 YWPA recipients from 31 districts and one region and the 10 international recipients. 

Zonta announces recipients of the 2016 Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Zonta announces recipients of the 2016 Young Women in Public Affairs Award

  • 15 August 2016
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Zonta announces recipients of the 2016 Young Women in Public Affairs Award
Established in 1990, Zonta's Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award recognizes young women ages 16-19 for demonstrating leadership skills and commitment to public service and civic causes, and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life.

Click here to view 2016's recipients from 30 districts and one region, as well as the ten International Recipients.

Zonta clubs provide awards for club recipients, and district/region and international awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation. District and region recipients receive US$1,000, and 10 international recipients are selected from the district/region recipients to receive awards of US$4,000 each. 
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