The Ship for World Youth Leadership program is not something people complete and simply forget. The Ship for World Youth Leadership program has lifelong involvement.
When participants return from the SWY program they become a member of SWY Australia, the SWY Alumni for Australia. SWYA Australia is a registered charity developed by Australian ex-participants of the Ship for World Youth Program. SWY Australia is the third largest SWY alumni in the world after Japan and Mexico.
SWY Australia supports young Australians to participate in international cultural exchange and develop their leadership skills. Our aim is to create safe spaces where people can reflect on their cultural identity and contribute as young leaders of Australia. Through this process we promote reconciliation, tolerance and mutual respect within Australian society. SWY Australia members are active community members who hold a range of responsibilities and roles; as a member of SWY Australia they increase their capacity and confidence to lead.
This is achieved by:
Active promotion of the SWY program within Australia through community events, online promotion and engaging political, community and business leaders.
Delivering the official pre-departure training to Australian SWY delegations to prepare for and maximise program outcomes.
Organising community based cultural exchange activities for international participants of the SWY program.
Creating strategic alliances with external organisations within the Australian community to support SWY Australia’s charitable activities.
Fostering Alumni member development through excellence in voluntary charitable & community service projects. This includes official ‘post-program’ activities that allows participants to share their learnings with their peers and home communities once returning from the program.
Facilitating communication between past participants of the SWY program both nationally and worldwide to maintain the focus on the objectives above.