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The Young Endeavour Program

For more than 30 years, the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has delivered a world recognised sail training program for young Australians in the 44m, purpose-built brigantine Young Endeavour.


Delivered in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, our voyages provide a dynamic and challenging development opportunity – using real world challenges to build confidence, teamwork and leadership skills amongst members of the crew.

Immersive experience
Many youth who join a voyage in Young Endeavour are currently studying at school, and looking for opportunities to develop life skills concurrent to achieving their Higher School Certificate or Certificate of Education.
The Young Endeavour program provides opportunities to engage in structured real world activities that require determination, physical effort, perseverance, problem solving skills and cooperation.
For many participants it not only a positive experience, it is life-changing.

Personal development
During each voyage participants are given opportunities and encouraged to reflect and learn about themselves, to discover hidden strengths and talents and to understand the value of working as a team. The program is also designed to elicit an appreciation of the individual strengths diversity brings to the voyage, and to instil a desire in participants to give back to the community.

Program outcomes
The Young Endeavour Program has a long-lasting and extremely positive impact on participants. During a voyage in Young Endeavour youth crew discover new reserves of character, commitment and confidence in themselves as they move outside their comfort zones and overcome real world challenges in the immersive environment of the ship.

Demonstrated results
A study conducted by University of Sydney sociologists, titled ‘Sailing into the Future’, emphasised the numerous benefits that the Young Endeavour Program offers not only to participants, but also to the wider Australian community. Over time, participants’ experiences during the program translate into enduring social skills such as self-control, goal achievement and a more positive outlook on life, improving their capacity to participate in education, employment, social life and civic life.

Skills for life
International research has shown that the Young Endeavour program produces significant outcomes, drawing on a purposefully structured program and consistent efforts to develop participants’ capabilities, particularly their confidence, in areas such as meeting new people, taking a leadership role, working cooperatively, and speaking in a formal settings. These skills are immediately transferrable to every day settings at home, at school and at work.

Community & Corporate Partnerships

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is focused on broadening access to the youth development program through partnerships with community organisations.

Benefits for Organisations

Youth are the future of our country. This is an opportunity for you to offer an unforgettable experience to a student, employee or young person in the community, who will discover that sailing a tall ship, like any goal or project, requires a team effort from each individual.

Benefits for youth
Benefits for the Community

Staff development and rewards

Reward achievement and foster company loyalty in employees, or engage with customers or clients by offering a scholarship berth as a prize.

Corporate social responsibility

Create a partnership or build on existing relationships with charitable or community organisations and fund youth from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the Young Endeavour Program.

Community partnerships

Our twenty year partnership with the Upper Hunter Shire Council continues to be the exemplar for collaboration, providing opportunities for more than 80 youth from the region to participate in a voyage.

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Eligibility Criteria

Community Scholarship partners may nominate and fund an eligible young person for any of our scheduled voyages. No sailing experience is required, however to be eligible, your candidate must:

For safety reasons there are certain medical conditions which may preclude participation in a voyage in Young Endeavour. All offers are provisional pending completion of a Young Endeavour Youth Scheme health questionnaire. View the full list of medical criteria.

Our Partners

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is proud to partner with a diverse group of organisations to broaden access to the Young Endeavour Program. Thank you to the many businesses, community organisations, schools, councils, branches and clubs who fund young people to sail in Young Endeavour through our Community Scholarship program.

Commanding Officer Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe, OAM, RAN addresses the youth crew onboard STS Young Endeavour during the first day of her world voyage. *** Local Caption *** On Monday, 22 December the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) operated national Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour set sail at the start of an extraordinary 12-month circumnavigation of the world – the vessel’s first such deployment in more than 20 years.

The Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), who is the Patron of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, joined the Hon Darren Chester MP, representing the Prime Minister, as well as Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett AO, CSC, RAN, Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, the Chair of the Young Endeavour Advisory Board Mr Marshall Baillieu, and family and friends of the Young Endeavour crew to farewell the ship from Garden Island.

During the voyage more than 200 young Australians will join the square-rigged tall ship for voyages between 18 and 60 days’ duration. Crews of 24 youth and 12 RAN staff will sail Young Endeavour in the Roaring Forties, across the Atlantic Ocean, through the Mediterranean Sea and the English Channel, into the North Sea, and return via the Cape of Good Hope and the Indian Ocean. A highlight of the program will be the ship’s attendance at Gallipoli during the Anzac Centenary Commemorations in April 2015.

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme provides young Australians aged 16-23 with a unique, challenging and inspirational experience at sea aboard Young Endeavour. Since 1988, more than 12,000 youth completed the internationally recognised youth development program under the guidance of a specially trained RAN crew, and a further 10,000 guests from organisations supporting youth with special needs have joined harbour day sails.

The Program

Get the facts on our internationally recognised youth development program.

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Why Sail with Us?

More than an adventure at sea – a voyage in Young Endeavour is an opportunity for personal growth.

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Upcoming Voyages

See the upcoming program of youth development voyages.

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To fund a scholarship you will need to register the details of your community or corporate organisation, and set up an account.
If you have questions, email the team at and our Partnerships Manager will be in touch.

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