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The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
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30 April 2021
APPLICATIONS are now open for young Australians to join Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour for voyages between May and December 2021.
STS Young Endeavour will visit New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria during the COVID-19 safe voyage program, allowing more young Australians the opportunity to set sail on an adventure of a lifetime.
Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester said the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme program delivered a one-of-a-kind development opportunity for those aged 16-23 years.
“The 11-day internationally recognised youth development program in Young Endeavour is delivered by specially trained Royal Australian Navy personnel, and it is an experience that these young crew members will never forget,” Mr Chester said.
“Set in the unique training environment of a tall ship, the program helps youth increase self-awareness, build confidence, and develop teamwork, communication and leadership skills.
“Each voyage helps participants move into adulthood with increased confidence and resilience. They also develop an understanding that they are capable of overcoming any challenges they might face after leaving the ship.”
Seventeen-year-old Samantha Howard, of Newcastle, joined Young Endeavour for Voyage One of 2021, conquering her fear of heights on the second day. “Sailing in Young Endeavour has given me confidence to challenge myself more often,” Samantha said.
“It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that you really can’t pass up.
Mr Chester said that after completing a successful COVID-19 safe voyage program in early 2021, it was pleasing that we are now able to expand the program to allow more young Australians to participate in a development voyage.
“The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme looks forward to expanding opportunities for youth to join Young Endeavour as restrictions are lifted and it becomes practical to do so,” Mr Chester said.
Applications are now open to young Australians aged 16-23 and youth are encouraged to apply at www.youngendeavour.gov.au/apply-now-2021. Importantly, applications can be submitted at any time throughout the year to be considered for voyages.
Imagery is available at: https://images.defence.gov.au/S20211400