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Sailor wanted: Young Endeavour Youth Scheme


When Rhiannon Howarth set sail on the Young Endeavour 14 years ago, little did she know it would be a life-changing experience. 

The Lake Macquarie local was 20 at the time but still recalls the voyage fondly. 

“It was truly one of the best experiences of my life and one that I reflect on often,” she says. 

“It gave me the opportunity to challenge myself and appreciate how rewarding it is to push yourself outside of your comfort zone, try new things, meet incredible, diverse people, and not let the fear of failure or the unknown hold you back. 

“I returned from the voyage with a profound appreciation for how fortunate my circumstances were and with a real drive to push myself.  

“Within six months of the experience, I was promoted to a branch manager – the youngest in the state at the time – and bought my first home.” 

Rhiannon Howarth, previous Young Endeavour Youth Scheme participant

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to journey aboard the Young Endeavour again awaits one ambitious Lake Macquarie resident, with expressions of interest for the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme now open.  

Delivered in partnership with the Royal Australian Navy, the initiative is a development opportunity for young people aged 16-23 that uses real-world challenges to build confidence, teamwork, and leadership skills. 

The scheme began when the STS Young Endeavour was given to the people of Australia by the UK as a bicentennial gift in 1988.

Since then, it has provided training voyages for more than 14,000 young Australians. 

In June 2023, a crew will set sail from Newcastle for 10 days working alongside nine specially trained Royal Australian Navy Staff Crew as they travel north to Brisbane. 

At last month’s ordinary meeting, council supported a Mayoral Minute requesting funding to support a young Lake Macquarie resident to participate in the scheme. 

The Lake Macquarie Youth Council will assess expressions of interest and select the successful applicant. 

Expressions of interest are now open at and will close on Sunday 11 December. 

Youth Crew of STS Young Endeavour. Photo: ABIS Tom Gibson

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