2016 YWPA Recipient Emily Beyer of Suttons Bay was selected as the 2016 District 15 Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award recipient. Emily is a recent graduate of Suttons Bay Schools and plans to continue her studies at Northwestern Michigan College. Her long-term desire is to become a language teacher. Her outstanding application for the award was submitted by the Zonta Club of Leelenau. As a high school student, Emily founded a Spanish club; captained the varsity soccer team; played in the marching, concert, jazz and pit bands; became a youth mentor; was a member of the Student Council and National Honor Society. For eight summers, Emily attended Culver Schools and Camps (a leadership academy), further honing her community service and leadership skills. She spent a year abroad as a Rotary Youth Exchange student in Chile where she volunteered in English workshops and English theater programs for middle school students and mentored underprivileged children. Emily also spent ten days in Nicaragua volunteering with a group of 10 students to create a curriculum to teach English and Spanish literacy. Through her experiences in Central and South America, Emily has seen first-hand the struggles that women face. Gender equality is of extreme importance to her. She states, “In order to counteract gender discrimination, women around the world need to connect with other women in empowered positions. This exposure challenges conceptions of inferiority and promotes an upward cycle of women promoting other women”. Emily was presented with her $1,000 award at a special dinner meeting of the Zonta Club of Leelanau on August 10th. Congratulations Emily!
Taylor receiving her JMK award with Area 4 Director, Liliane Haddad and Zonta of Farmington Novi President, Debbie Godfrey