Minister for Defence Personnel Darren Chester is urging young Australians looking for an adventure out of the ordinary to apply for a voyage in Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour.
“A voyage in Young Endeavour gives participants skills for life and the chance to test themselves in a challenging new environment,” Mr Chester said.
“During the 11 day voyage, 16–23 year-olds disconnect from social media and learn communication, teamwork and leadership skills, which helps prepare them for the workforce.
“The program, delivered by Royal Australian Navy personnel, also cultivates awareness of the benefits of diversity and instils a desire to contribute to society.”
During each 11-day voyage, 24 young participants from across Australia are taught the skills required to sail a square-rigged tall ship – including how to navigate, keep watch, cook in the galley, take the helm and climb the 30 metre mast to work aloft, setting and furling sails.
Young Endeavour conducts approximately 20 voyages each year, typically on the east coast of Australia. The brigantine will soon sail north from Sydney to tropical North Queensland, before returning to her home port towards the end of the year.
“Now in its 30th year, the internationally recognised Young Endeavour program has benefitted more than 13,300 young Australians and given them memories to last a lifetime,” Minister Chester said.
Mr Chester also encouraged the wider community to support the scheme.
“The program is open to all young Australians. Corporate and community organisations are able to provide scholarships for eligible participants in their communities to join a voyage,” Mr Chester said.
“Tax deductible donations to further youth development can also be made to the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Public Trust Fund.”
For more information about the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and to apply for voyages aboard STS Young Endeavour, visit http://www.youngendeavour.gov.au.