Windeward Bound Youth Leadership Challenge

The brigantine "Windeward Bound" is a 33 metre ‘tall ship’.

The Windeward Bound Trust’s Annual Youth Leadership Challenge is a working partnership with Rotary Tasmania that also receives support from the Migrant Resource Centre of Southern Tasmania. This program promotes understanding, inclusiveness, and community by bringing together 20 young people of vastly different backgrounds for a ten-day voyage aboard the STV Windeward Bound, and giving them the opportunity to connect and grow with one another in both the short and long term.


The Youth Leadership Challenge is open to youths between the ages of 15 - 18 living in Tasmania -- ten locals with an interest in mentoring and creating a more inclusive Tasmanian community, and ten from refugee backgrounds who recently settled in Tasmania. This program is fortunate to receive generous financial support from a number of sponsors, which allows us to significantly reduce the cost for all participants. Those who wish to participate as mentors are required to fundraise $1,500 in donations to further offset these costs, and youth from refugee backgrounds are eligible for a significant subsidy to cover the majority of their voyage fee, with additional financial assistance available if needed. The Windeward Bound Trust provides some guidance to mentors in their fundraising, and assists in matching mentors with Rotary clubs sponsors. Nearly half of all Tasmanian Rotary clubs have sponsored mentors in past years, and most mentors from previous voyages have received some amount of Rotary sponsorship.                                                            


Chair: PAG Gill Whitehouse Salamanca