A voyage in Young Endeavour is an amazing experience, and a unique personal development opportunity for the youth of Australia. The emphasis of each voyage is building skills and attributes to develop each participant into a better team player, a more effective communicator and a leader.
Since 1988, the youth development program conducted in Young Endeavour has evolved and developed into a highly acclaimed youth development program.
Youth development programs challenge participants in order to foster positive growth and help them achieve their full potential.
The Young Endeavour program is designed to take young participants out of their comfort zone and place them in an unfamiliar environment where they must work together to succeed.
Participants are given opportunities to reflect and learn about themselves, to discover hidden strengths and talents, and to understand the value of working as a team. As they learn and put into practice the skills to sail the ship, they build confidence, self-awareness and a readiness to take calculated risks to further their goals and ambitions.
The Young Endeavour Youth Development Program is internationally recognised in the field of sail training. The experiential program conducted on board STS Young Endeavour is delivered by professional Royal Australian Navy personnel who are specially selected and trained for their roles.
During each eleven day voyage, youth crew aged between 16 to 23 years work in small teams, and sail the ship twenty-four hours a day in all types of conditions. They live ‘between decks’ in a close community with youth from a diverse range of backgrounds, and are encouraged to identify and pursue personal and team goals and challenges. Each voyage includes an opportunity for the youth crew to take responsibility for the ship for a twenty-four hour period.
Research shows that the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program has a long-lasting, positive impact on participants, building social capital in the community by increasing trust, cooperation and tolerance. The experience translates over time into more enduring social skills such as self-control, goal achievement, and a positive outlook, bringing broader benefits to the Australian community as well as to the individual.
The Young Endeavour Youth Development Program is formed around the principles of Experiential Learning, Challenge by Choice and Transitional Instruction, culminating in Command Day, which brings together everything youth crew learn on board the ship.
The benefits and importance of youth development through sail training has been documented in a number of studies, most notably in research conducted by the University of Sydney, Australia, the University of Otago, New Zealand, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.
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