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For Immediate Release
Zonta International (Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland)
Young Women in Public Affairs Award Recipient Named
Glenn Dale, Maryland…Grace Morgan Sweetak of Millington, Maryland, Queen Anne’s Country was named the recipient of the 2019 Zonta International (Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland) 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.
Ms. Sweetak was named Zonta International (Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland) Young Women in Public Affairs Award recipient because of her activities related to connecting with the community via serving as: captain of her school’s cross-country team, member of the lacrosse team, member of FBLA, and president of the National Honor Society. She led the fall 2018 donation drive for the National Honor Society whereby donations were collected for various senior centers in the community. She also participates in food drives for homeless shelters with her lacrosse team. Ms. Sweetak intends to study physics or computer science and to eventually have a career as a physicist, engineer or math related field. In addition, Ms. Sweetak coaches recreational lacrosse to young girls. She noted in her winning YWPAA application that girls her age often struggle with the idea of looking strong, and she wants to teach young girls that the idea of strength is a positive attribute so they can grow up feeling self-empowered.
The Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland is one of over 1200 clubs of Zonta International working to empower women through service and advocacy in the local community as well as internationally. The Club meets monthly to identify and plan activities and projects that address the needs of women and girls. Some of Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland’s top projects include: a 16 Days of Activision Against Domestic Violence Program, an annual Zonta Club Day in Annapolis Event, its annual Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award program for young women aged 16-19, service projects for Prince George’s County Family Justice Center, and an ongoing Free the Girls Bra Campaign.
Zonta International, with world headquarters in Oak Brook, IL, USA, is 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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The above photo shows the award recipient receiving the Young Women in Public Affairs Award during Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland's award ceremony. From left to right, Alice Ross (service committee co-chair) Eunice Johnson (service committee co-chair) Linda White Andrews (president Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland), Grace Morgan Sweetak (Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland's 2019 Young Women in Public Affairs Award recipient), and Erma Barron (service committee lead for YWPAA).
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland, P.O. Box 187, Glenn Dale, MD 20769
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For Immediate Release
Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland
Human Trafficking Symposium
Glenn Dale, MD, March 15, 2018. The Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland, The Prince George’s Human Trafficking Task Force, The Maryland Commission for Women and The Prince George’s Commission for Women have united to host “A Symposium on Human Trafficking: Moving from Awareness to Action”.
The symposium will be held Saturday, April 21, 2018, from 10:30 am to 3 pm, at the Laurel Public Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel, Maryland 20707. There is no cost to attend. However, pre-registration is required. Lunch will be provided to all pre-registered participants. Please complete your registration athttps://zonta2018-human-trafficking-symposium.eventbrite.com.
The purpose of the event is to collaborate with stakeholders, including government agencies, education officials, service providers, and non-profit organizations, to share important facts and figures about the topic as well as increase awareness regarding each stakeholder’s role in combatting human trafficking. The symposium will include presentations and panel discussions describing the experiences of the victims of human trafficking along with current efforts at reducing human trafficking throughout the region.
Zonta International, with headquarters in Oak Brook, IL, USA, is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.
The Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland was chartered in 2016 as a local club of Zonta International. Since then, we have worked to advance the status of women through service projects and through advocacy. One of our current major projects addresses the issue of domestic violence by supporting the Prince George’s County Family Justice Center and by supporting legislation and policies that impact victims.
Who: Zonta Club of Mid-Maryland, The Prince George’s Human Trafficking Task Force,
The Maryland Commission for Women, and The Prince George’s Commission for Women
What: Human Trafficking Symposium
When: Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:30 am to 3 pm
Where: Laurel Public Library, 507 7th Street, Laurel, Maryland 20707
Empowering Women Worldwide Through Service and Advocacy