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About the scheme

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is a not for profit organisation which provides young Australians aged 16-23 with a unique, challenging and inspirational experience at sea aboard the national sail training ship Young Endeavour. For more than 30 years, the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has been recognised internationally as a leading youth development program.



Young people reap enormous benefit from the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme’s sail training program, and in turn, the Australian people also benefit as participants recognise their potential to make positive contributions to the community.

The Scheme began when the magnificent sail training ship STS Young Endeavour was given to the people of Australia by the United Kingdom as a Bicentennial gift in 1988. Since then, the Scheme has provided challenging and inspiration training voyages for more than 14,000 young Australians.



The Scheme operates in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy and is based at Garden Island, Sydney. It is supported by Commonwealth funding, revenue from voyage fees and private donations. If you’re into facts and figures you can download our annual Report of Proceedings.



The Scheme is a member of Sail Training International (STI) and Tall Ships Australia New Zealand (TANZ).

A Day at Sea

Find out what to expect during a day at sea in Young Endeavour.

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Why Sail with Us?

Find information on the program, the outcomes, and the benefits of taking part.

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Upcoming Voyages

See the upcoming program of youth development voyages.

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Our Mission

To provide young Australians with a unique, challenging and inspirational experience that increases their self-awareness, develops their teamwork and leadership skills, and creates a strong sense of community responsibility.


Our Values

Make a Donation

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme gratefully accepts donations to its tax deductible public trust.

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Public Trust Fund was established in 2001 to create a capital fund, through gifts, bequests and fund-raising activities, for the purpose of furthering youth development through sail training for young Australians.

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