YOUNG Australians in the Far North who are looking for an adventure that’s out of the ordinary are encouraged to apply for a voyage with the renowned Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour.
Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said a voyage in Young Endeavour gave participants the chance to learn valuable skills for life and to test themselves in a challenging new environment.
“During an 11 day voyage on the tall ship, 16–23 year olds are ‘switched off’ from social media and there’s a focus on learning communication, teamwork and leadership skills, which helps prepare them for the workforce,” Mr Entsch said.
“The program, delivered by Royal Australian Navy personnel, also helps young people to become more aware of the benefits of diversity in our communities and ‘plants the seed’ when it comes to instilling a desire to contribute to society.”
During each 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 carries out approximately 20 voyages each year, typically on the east coast of Australia. Now in its 30th year, the internationally-recognised program has benefitted more than 13,300 young Australians.
“The ship is soon to sail north from Sydney to the Far North so now’s a great time for young people from Cairns, Douglas, the Cape and Torres Strait to apply for a voyage where they’ll gain memories and skills to last a lifetime,” Mr Entsch said.
“The program is open to all young Australians and local businesses and community groups can provide scholarships for eligible local participants.”
For more information about the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and to apply for voyages aboard STS Young Endeavour, visit http://www.youngendeavour.gov.au.