Applications open for Leeuwin Foundation youth leadership voyage

Telissa RyderMandurah Coastal Times
The Leeuwin Foundation Youth Explorer Voyage is back for 2022.
Camera IconThe Leeuwin Foundation Youth Explorer Voyage is back for 2022. Credit: Supplied/Leeuwin Foundation

The Leeuwin Foundation has opened applications for its youth explorer voyage, urging teens in the Mandurah and Rockingham area to throw their hat in the ring for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In partnership with RMD Industrial Services, the Foundation will sponsor two locals to embark on a week-long voyage to Dampier or Exmouth.

During the voyage, participants will learn how to set and furl the sails, climb the mast, work aloft and stand watch while sailing through the night.

RMD director Robert O’Connell said teaming up with Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation was a way to give back to the community.

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“We wanted to create a way to support the youth of tomorrow,” Mr O’Connell said.

“I believe with the support of Leeuwin and the Rockingham Kwinana Chamber of Commerce we have been able to do a small thing that we all hope will benefit the community with strong leaders of the future.”

The week-long voyage teaches participants how to lead and run a sailing ship.
Camera IconThe week-long voyage teaches participants how to lead and run a sailing ship. Credit: Supplied /Leeuwin Foundation

Those aged 14-25 are encouraged to apply and think about what they hope to achieve on the voyage.

Tameeka Taylor, who was the first winner of the Leeuwin youth opportunity in 2017, said the course was a life-changing experience.

“I felt like a new and improved version of myself in all honesty,” she said.

“Being able to steer the Leeuwin II into the Fremantle Ports and watching how proud my family was was one of my proudest moments.”

Ms Taylor added that not only do participants learn great skills, it can go towards their schooling.

“A one-week voyage on the Leeuwin II gives you the same amount of WACE points as one whole semester’s worth of work,” she said.

“It’s also a great thing to be able to put on your resume as the qualities you learn on the voyages are ones employers look for.”

For more information or to apply for the sponsored voyage, visit the Leeuwin Ocean and Adventure website.

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