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Two young women in public affairs awarded

 

Sydney Neal, of Ryken High School (Left) and Caroline Kaplan, of Broad Run High School (Right)

White Plains, MD — Sydney Neal of Ryken High School and Caroline Kaplan of Broad Run High School were named the recipients of the 2019 Zonta Club of Charles County Young Women in Public Affairs Award.

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a young woman’s commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to the empowerment of women. 

Applicants are asked to reflect on their voluntary commitment to their school and their community and the problems limiting the empowerment of women in their own country and worldwide. The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program looks to the young women of today for the leaders of tomorrow.

Sydney Neal was named a Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award recipient because of her commitment to addressing inequity and injustice in education.  Ms. Neal intends to double major in education and public policy, and to eventually pursue a career in educational policy. She recognizes gender equality in education, an essential human right, is critical to development for all.

Caroline Kaplan embodies the spirit of the Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award. She plans to double major in English and Political science and pursue a career in public interest law. She will advocate for underrepresented members of our society who do not have the voice to stand up for themselves. 

The Zonta Club of Charles County is a member of Zonta International, a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. The Young Women in Public Affairs Award is one of many programs for women and girls sponsored by Zonta International. The Award is funded by voluntary contributions to the Zonta International Foundation YWPA Fund.

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