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Durack youth can set sail with Young Endeavour

Young Australians in the Durack electorate looking for an adventure out of the ordinary can apply for a voyage on Sail Training Ship (STS) Young Endeavour.

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said a voyage on Young Endeavour gives participants skills for life and the chance to test themselves in a challenging new environment.

“During an 11 day voyage on the tall ship, 16-23-year-olds disconnect from social media and learn communication; teamwork; and leadership skills, which helps prepare them for the workforce,” Ms Price said.

“The program, delivered by Royal Australian Navy personnel, also cultivates awareness of the benefits of diversity and instils a desire to contribute to society.”

During each voyage, 24 young participants from across Australia are taught the skills required to sail a square-rigged tall ship – including how to navigate, keep watch, cook in the galley, take the helm and climb the 30 metre mast to work aloft, setting and furling sails.

Young Endeavour conducts about 20 voyages each year, typically on the east coast of Australia. Now in its 30th year, the internationally-recognised program has benefitted more than 13,300 young Australians.

“With the ship soon to sail north from Sydney to tropical North Queensland, now is a great time for young people from the Durack electorate to apply for a voyage and gain memories and skills to last a lifetime,” said Ms Price.

“The program is open to all young Australians. Businesses and community groups from the electorate can provide scholarships for eligible local participants,” she said. 

For more information about the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and to apply for voyages aboard STS Young Endeavour, visit www.youngendeavour.gov.au

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