Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Guelph YWPA Poster 2022

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Program 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 the advancement of the status of women.  

In order for more women to be represented in key decision making positions worldwide, we must encourage young women to pursue careers, or seek leadership positions in public policy making, government and volunteer organisations and further their education with these aims in view. 

Public affairs refer to all aspects of community life where decisions have to be made about issues which relate to and affect those communities in which they work and live.

The Award

The Zonta Club of Guelph provides an award of $500 CDN.

Club winners are nominated to the District/Region, where recipients receive US$1,000. Ten International recipients are then selected from the District/Region recipients to receive awards of US$4,000 each. District/Region and International awards are funded by the Zonta International Foundation.


Who is Eligible?

Women who are pre-university or pre-college students (age 16-19) studying and living in the Guelph-Wellington area at the time of application and demonstrate evidence of:

  • active commitment to volunteerism.
  • experience in local or student government (examples include: involvement in student government, model UN or volunteering for a local MP)
  • volunteer leadership achievements.
  • knowledge of Zonta International and its programs
  • advocating in Zonta International’s mission of advancing the status of women worldwide. (example would be service/volunteer work that helps advocate for improvement of the status of women such as volunteering at a local women’s shelter or participating in volunteer work that helps improve living conditions for women in third-world countries)

Deadline for Application: February 28th, 2022. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE

2022 Young Women in Public Affairs Application