Youth Week 2019
In honour of Youth Week, we want to highlight the fantastic work the New Zealand Sailing Trust does to empower New Zealand youth.
Happy Youth Week! Originating in Canada, Youth Week is now celebrated all over the world. In New Zealand, Youth Week is held by Ara Taiohi and runs for nine days in May every year. This week is dedicated to a nationwide festival of events organised by young New Zealanders. Its purpose is to celebrate the talents, passions, and successes of young New Zealanders, as well as recognise their significant achievements and contributions of young people to society. Youth Week aims to inspire our society to value and support young people around New Zealand while encouraging them to take on new challenges. The theme of Youth Week this year is “we are more than you see.”
In honour of Youth Week, we want to highlight the fantastic work the New Zealand Sailing Trust does to empower New Zealand youth. Since 2008, the New Zealand Sailing Trust has delivered once-in-a-lifetime experiences to over 8000 young people around New Zealand. These programmes help young people to learn and develop important values such as leadership, teamwork, courage and environmental awareness. They also play an important role in preserving the legacy of some famous boats and inspiring a new generation of young sailors, helping to protect the future of New Zealand’s maritime industry.
The New Zealand Sailing Trust uses famous yachts Steinlager II and Lion New Zealand for these one to six-day experiences. Each student learns various roles, such as sailing, navigating, and cooking, all of which are needed to sail these maxi yachts to their destination.
Evelien Van Vliet, business and programme development manager, says youth “are challenged by pushing their boundaries and demanding the best of their capabilities, be it physically, mentally, or emotionally. They come away with transformational life skills and their eyes are opened to a world they may not have experienced before.”