Young Endeavour 2020 Youth Program

Filed under News, Youth & Training ~ by Press on  14 Jan 2020

The Sail Training Ship (STS) sailed from Tasmania for an 11-day voyage with a crew of 24 youths aged between 16 to 23-years old aboard the Royal Australian Navy ship Young Endeavour.

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the Young Endeavour Program gives the young sailors the opportunity to develop valuable life skills.

This program is both challenging and inspiring. The group must successfully work together to sail a traditionally rigged tall ship as they begin their journey along the Tasmanian coast,” Senator Reynolds said.

Since 1988 the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme has taken almost 14,000 young Australians on voyages.

A further 12,000 guests from organisations supporting youth with special needs have participated in a community day sail.”

Minister for Youth and Sport, Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck joined the Young Endeavour crew for a day sail on the Derwent River on the penultimate day of their voyage.

The program is recognised internationally as a leading youth development program,” Minister Colbeck said.

I am delighted to have met these young Australians, and encourage them to draw on their experience in Young Endeavour when they return to their studies, workplaces and communities.”

Young Endeavour was gifted by the United Kingdom to the Government and people of Australia to mark the Bicentenary in 1988.

The federal government committed to continue the program with the replacement of the STS Young Endeavour, set to be introduced into service from 2023.

Defence will undertake a tender and competitive evaluation process, following briefings with industry, in early 2020.

Applications to join a voyage are now being accepted at

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