Young Women In Public Affairs Award

Zonta International believes that young women are the key to women’s advancement in the field of public service. ZI 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.

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 Foundation for Women. District recipients receive US$1,500, and 10 international recipients are selected from the district/region recipients to receive awards of US$5,000 each.


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.



In 2021 we celebrate 30 years of supporting teenage girls.

Congratulations Lucy Lönnqvist the winner of the 2021 YWPA.

Sigourney Ward (John Septimus Roe Community Anglican School),
Lucy Lönnqvist (St Mary’s Anglican Girls’ School)
Sophie Tse (Servite College).