Navy Indigenous Development Program (NIDP) graduate Jordan Davis, recently spent 11-days aboard STS Young Endeavour taking part in the internationally recognised youth development program.
The 23-year old from Atherton, North Queensland was provided with a scholarship opportunity by the NIDP and joined 23 other young Australians from around the nation and sailed the tall ship from Brisbane to Mackay.
“Young Endeavour has been an eye opener. I’ve learnt a lot more about sailing, knots and I’ve faced a few challenges including conquering my fear of heights. It felt really rewarding,” Jordan said.
Jordan’s voyage coincided with NAIDOC week, which the ship marked on board.
“I come from the land of the Yidinji and my dad’s side is from Muli Muli south of Casino,” Jordan said.
“On board Young Endeavour we had a flag raising ceremony and raised the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags. We also made some damper with vegemite and had a BBQ.”
The flag raising ceremony was conducted off Great Keppel Island, the indigenous homeland of Zach Morris, a Woppanburra man and Young Endeavour’s chef.
Having recently completed the Cairns based NIDP program, Jordan now aspires to a career in Navy.
“I am about to go to recruit school and plan to be a Bosun’s Mate. Down the track I’d really like to be a Clearance Diver – that’s a challenge that I now really want to take,” Jordan said.
“Being on Young Endeavour has been a really good opportunity. I’ve been to beautiful places with beautiful company. I’d recommend the program to other indigenous people.”
“At the start none of the youth crew knew each other. By the end of the voyage we were working together as one. I’ve learnt what it takes to be a good team member,” Jordan said.
The Navy Indigenous Development Program provides young Indigenous adults with education, training, life skills and confidence – and a taste of what career options are available to them in the Navy.