2019 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award

We are proud of the young women in our community. They are inspiring others to be the best they can be by being leaders in all aspects of their lives.

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Meet Navami Manangi Our 2017 Young Woman in Public Affairs Award Winner

Navami Manangi is our club’s 2017 winner of  the  Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award is a shining example of this inspiration.  Navami, a senior at Peak to Peak Charter School will receive $1000 and complete for  Zonta District 12 and Zonta International awards.

2017 winner - Navami ManangiHelping the community has always been her passion. She recently received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for more than 130 hours of service over the years at Good Samaritan Hospital. She helped sort/deliver food and clothing to Bhutanese refugees, and volunteered at A Precious Child to help underprivileged families. Navami played an integral part in starting the Society of Women Engineers chapter at Peak to Peak two years ago, and has been an active member since. Her Ethics Bowl team placed 2nd,  and in Speech and Debate she qualified to State twice.

Navami has seen the struggles many experience in third world countries through her work with an Indian nonprofit, which helps to provide opportunities in America for Bhutanese refugees. She has seen how many world-wide problems could be solved through adequate healthcare. She hopes to become a doctor, in order to improve lives, spread joy, and bring relief to those suffering. She regularly volunteers at a local hospital to begin to familiarize herself with the responsibilities and positions in healthcare.



Our 2017 Nominees

A total of 20 young women were nominated by teachers and community organizations, for the  Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award. The nominated young women who attended our celebration included: Angela McKelvey, Navami Manangi, Abby event 2McKee, Sara Branham, Amber Sharma, Rebecca Thompson, Allie Nelson and Chandra Xu, Peak to Peak Charter School; Cammie Keel, Boulder County Head Start; Adela Aguirre, Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County; Claire Holleman, EFAA; Mackenzie Ladouceur, Monarch High School; Lluvia Macias, Fairview High School (Boulder, Colorado). Congratulations to these young leaders!


What is the Young Women in Public Affairs Award?

event 1Established in 1990 by Past International President Leneen Forde, Zonta International’s Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA) was created to encourage young women’s participation in public affairs. The award recognizes a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the advancement of the status of women. Applicants were asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and to their community and to the problems limiting the empowerment of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program looks to the young women of today for the leaders of tomorrow.

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

Meet Our Past Winners:


YWPA winners 2015largeKelly Castaneda Carbajal is our club submission to Zonta District 12 for consideration at the next awards level.  While completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder she wants “to expand her volunteering by going to and under-developed area in South America” where she will teach sustainable life skills. She hopes to become a Peace Corps volunteer.

Estefany Longoria hopes to have a career in hotel management. Through Zonta she explains that she “came to realize that women are important and they do have a say in this world.” She will attend Community College of Denver and Metro State University and hopes “to be a role model for my younger siblings.”

Perla Arellano Lopez believes that “the best way to improve the lives of girls is through education and the best way to make this happen is through raising awareness.” Perla is preparing to be a dentist while she also studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Anna Paola Ramirez was the treasurer or our Boulder High School Z Club and participated in many of our service projects and activities. She explained “I value being in Zonta because it has made me realize how important it is for me to go to college and achieve my goals throughout life.” She will attend the Community College of Denver.

Elsy Berenice Segovia-Zauala was the President of our Boulder High School Z Club and has been a member of the club since she was a freshman. She is proud to to have helped “insure that every club member has a voice in club activities and to have helped other women be leaders so they can stand out.”  Elsy will attend Colorado Mesa University.


2014 YWPA 3YWPA winners Verónica Villalobos and Yaire Gutierrez are recognized at our business meeting. Verónica is a proud PantherZ Z Club member. She explains that “As a Z Club member, I am opening new doors for women of all ages. Women are not treated equally and I believe that through Zonta we are expanding the knowledge of equality in status for all people.” Yaire, another Panther is focused on her future work with women. As a psychologist she hopes to ” enlighten women on their abilities, talents and everything else they have that allows them to become successful in life.” Both girls will attend college in September, Verónica to Colorado State University and Yaire to Front Range Community College. We are proud of our winners and wish them well!


america...our new presidentAmerica Juarez won the 2013 Zonta Foothills Club and 2013 Zonta District 12 YWPA Award. She was charter president of the PanterZ Z Club, worked with Boulder High’s Latino Leadership Group and was a member of student council. She is involved in Voices of Immigrant Children for Education and Equality (VOICE).

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