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Zonta Club of
Redcliffe Inc.

Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA)

 
Applications for the 2020 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award are now being called for by the Zonta Club of Redcliffe Inc.
This Award is open to young women who are aged 16 to 19 years on 01 April 2020 and live, study or work in the Redcliffe Region. Applications are to be received by the Zonta Club of Redcliffe  by Monday 24th February 2020. At club level, all applicants will receive a Certificate of Participation and the winner will receive a Recognition Certificate of selection from our Club.  District recipients  of the Award receive US $1500 and 10 International recipients receive US$4,00 each.

Award description
Though about 40 percent of the world’s workforce is women, according to data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union, only 24.5 percent of all national parliamentarians were female as of 1 September 2019. 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 930 awards (includes international awards), totaling US$1,012,750, to 788 young women representing 58 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$1,500, and 10 international recipients are selected from the district/region recipients to receive awards of US$4,000 each.
Eligibility
Women, aged 16-19 on 1 April each year, studying at a secondary school, college or university in a Zonta district/region, or who are studying elsewhere but are citizens 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.
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.
Application Process
The application process must start with a Zonta club. All application materials must be received at a Zonta club by the printed deadline. If you downloaded the application, you must contact a Zonta club for deadline information. Please locate the Zonta club nearest you using the Club Locator at www.zonta.org, or e-mail your name and contact information to Zonta International Headquarters at programs@zonta.org. 

Zonta clubs each select one application to send to the Zonta 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 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.
 

Deadline
Applications for the 2020 Young Women in Public Affairs Award must be received by the assigned deadline that is declared by the applicant’s local Zonta club. The 2020 recipients will be chosen by 1 July 2020.
Funding
YWPA Awards are made possible by generous contributions to the Zonta International Foundation Young Women in Public Affairs Award Fund.

YWPA Application due by 24/2/2020
Download application form

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