In February this year, Kalgan local, Samuel Reeves (16) received the CBH Group scholarship for the Albany region to board the STS Leeuwin II, Western Australia’s very own tall-ship.

CBH Group offers six annual scholarships for youths aged 14 – 25 in its key grain growing zones of Albany, Kwinana, Geraldton, Esperance and two to the City of Kwinana.

Their ongoing relationship with the Leeuwin Foundation is aimed to provide development opportunities for regional youth to bring back to their local communities.

Last week, Samuel travelled to Fremantle to jump onboard for the week-long Youth Development voyage. One of Samuel’s standout attributes to receive the scholarship was that he was keen to take the skills he learned into his future career.

“I want to work as part of a team and gain self-confidence to help me in the community work I am interested in. I believe that I will gain leadership skills I can share with my community,” he said.

“I would like to return with experiences that I can put towards my future endeavours.”

Samuel explains what the opportunity meant to him after completing his voyage.

“It has been such a great experience and I’ve learnt so much about myself and the ship,” he said.

Over the course of the voyage participants take part in all aspects of the ship activities such as furling the sails, climbing the masts, steering the helm and joining in night watches. Through the medium of tall ship sailing participants gain greater skills in teamwork, leadership and communication.

Applications are still open for one CBH Group scholarship in the City of Kwinana. In addition, any Great Southern youth interested should apply for the Great Southern scholarships detailed on the website. Those that are interested can visit our scholarship page.

The Leeuwin Foundation is an award winning provider of personal development and leadership programs that provide key life skills for young people aged 14 – 25 that they will take into their studies, careers and community.

Since 1986, the Leeuwin has provided exciting and life-changing programs to more than 40,000 young people from across Australia.

The voyages aim to challenge and inspire young people to realise their personal potential and make a positive contribution to the wider community.