2022 – Young Women in Public Affairs Award – Mackay

Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Program – 2022

The Zonta Club of Mackay conducts an annual Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) program. This program aims to encourage young women (between the ages of 16-19) to participate in public and political life through recognition of their commitment as volunteers, evidence of their leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women.

Applicants are asked to reflect on their lives, their commitment to the communities in which they live, and the role models who have inspired them to become involved in their community or in a specific prospective career.  The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs program seeks to encourage and support the young women of today as the leaders of tomorrow.

Please find below an application form for the 2022 Young Women in Public Affairs award which closes on 14th March 2022.  Teachers are encouraged to provide the application form to those students within their school who have demonstrated attributes such as leadership and community involvement, both internal and external to their school life and will be in Year 12 in 2022.

The Zonta Club of Mackay YWPA winner and runner-up will be announced at our International Women’s Day function.  Both of these awards carry cash prizes of $500 and $100 respectively. The Club winner will then have the opportunity to compete at state and possibly international level.

2022 Criteria for Applicants:

o    Applicants must be 16 to 19 years old.

o    Applicants must be living or studying in a Zonta district or region at the time of application.

o    Applicants must also demonstrate evidence of the following:

  • Active Commitment to volunteerism.
  • Experience in local or student government
  • Knowledge of Zonta International and its programs
  • Support of Zonta International’s mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

For any queries regarding applications or the award itself, please contact Tracey McCarthy on 0408 334 692 (mobile) or Deb Green (Service Committee Chair Zonta Club of Mackay) via email Deborah.GREEN@qed.qld.gov.au.

FORM: YWPAApplication_2022 (PDF)