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.
The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme is focused on broadening access to the youth development program through partnerships with community 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.
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.
When Young Endeavour says that this is an adventure of a lifetime, they are barely touching the surface. The YEYS is by far the most transformational experience you will have.
Now, perhaps more than any time in recent memory, our community needs programs like Young Endeavour. This year has brought significant challenges but we should not lose sight of the opportunity the future holds. Our young people should be confident that they have the ability – and thanks to programs like Young Endeavour – the capability, to shape our nation for years to come.
Upper Hunter Shire Council Youth Services has been sending local youth on Young Endeavour voyages for the past 20 years and the program has become a rite of passage. Places on the voyages are eagerly sought after as the participants returning from their trips have to a person raved about the experience, excitedly telling of the adventures, the personal sense of achievement from overcoming hardships and most of all the friendships forged. All who meet the young people on their return notice an increased sense of self confidence and community awareness. It is a life changing experience.
To see an apprehensive face with barely a word said on day one to greeting a confident and smiling one at the end of a voyage, needs to be seen to be understood. Our Trevor Haworth Scholarship, in partnership with Sydney Cove Rotary Club and our Jim Israel Scholarship are testimony to what we are all about, particularly when we need young Australians, to maybe consider this vital career. It can be said with confidence we will be supporting the Young Endeavour Program going forward as a key ingredient in supporting young Australians.
The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has supported many young people from Stepping Stone House to develop their team work and leadership skills, build their resilience and increase their confidence and self-esteem. All of the young people who have participated in the program reflect on this experience with fond memories and it provides a powerful reminder to themselves that they can overcome any of lives challenges and reach their full potential. Stepping Stone House provides a safe place for children and young people at risk or experiencing homelessness so they can begin to heal, build resilience, create connections and become the very best they can be and our partnership with Young Endeavour compliments this mission.
From my perspective, it inspires kids to put themselves into positions of leadership. It’s just the best program we’ve ever been involved in.
The Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania Inc have been involved with the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme for over a decade. Each year we offer a sponsored berth, which is always highly contested. All participants have thoroughly enjoyed their time on the ship and cannot speak highly enough of their “experience of a lifetime”. We feel this experience is a valuable exercise for team building, leadership and communication skills and of course meeting new and interesting people, and most of all having fun.
The experience on board STS Young Endeavour has further challenged our candidates to increase self-awareness and develop teamwork and leadership skills through participating in personal and team challenges. The NSW Rural Fire Service Young Leader Scholarship has been offered to support the development of our young volunteers and I’m sure like previous winners, this voyage has seen them acquire new skills and a confidence that they will take back to their brigades.
The Young Endeavour makes participants more adaptable to circumstances and more condent in dealing with different and unknown people and environments ... this experience can be utilised to build better workplace relations and teams.
Being elected captain of a multi-million dollar ship was absolutely exhilarating.What I wanted was a challenge, and the responsibility and adrenalin I experienced in Young Endeavour were amazing. The problem solving skills, teamwork, the friendships, and working with so many different people in a small space has been a fantastic life experience which i would recommend to every single young Australian.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and our Partnerships Manager will be in touch.