Busselton Senior High School students join the Geographe Bay Zonta Club

The Geographe Bay Z Club is a new service club for youth dedicated to fostering community service, developing leadership skills and promoting international cooperation.

The club was chartered on Friday, June 7 at the Busselton Senior High School Performing Arts Centre, which included Years 7 to 12 students who will undertake service projects to benefit their school and community.

The projects aim to empower girls and women, in line with Zonta International's mission to improve the status of women through service and advocacy.

Among the projects the student members will consider Youth Mental Health Awareness Week and support the Zonta Club of Dunsborough in activities to promote International Women's Day in the 16 Days of Activism to Say No to Violence Against Women.

The Zonta Club of Dunsborough will act in an advisory capacity for the Geographe Bay Z Club.

Zonta International District 23 area 3 director Faith O'Brien presented the charter to the Geographe Bay Z Club last week.

The Geographe Bay Z Club is one of the youth programs of Zonta International, the worldwide service organisation of women and men working together to advance the status of women.

There are currently 202 Z Clubs for high school students and 77 Golden Z Clubs for university students worldwide.

Members of Zonta International support international service projects intended to advance the status of women in both developing nations and their local community.

Zonta also funds numerous scholarships and awards for secondary and tertiary education globally.

Zonta International enjoys non-governmental organisation status with the United Nations and consultative status with several of its agencies.

This is Zonta International's Centenary year and will celebrate 100 years of advancing women's rights as human rights globally, while encouraging young people in the community to value the same ethos and create positive change for the next 100 years.