Disadvantaged youth given a taste of Navy life

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), POIS James Whittle (photographer)

Location(s): Fleet Base West, WA

Topic(s): Community Engagement, Leadership

Executive Officer HMAS Sheean, Lieutenant Commander Daniel Booth, RAN (third from left) escorts members of the Young and Disengaged Youths Leadership Program and mentors from the Western Australia Police Force, and Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Ann Hooper (right) onboard HMAS Sheean during a recent visit to HMAS Stirling, WA. (photo: POIS James Whittle)
Executive Officer HMAS Sheean, Lieutenant Commander Daniel Booth, RAN (third from left) escorts members of the Young and Disengaged Youths Leadership Program and mentors from the Western Australia Police Force, and Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Communications and Information Systems Ann Hooper (right) onboard HMAS Sheean during a recent visit to HMAS Stirling, WA.

‘Navy immersion’ has been added to the program of events of a Western Australia Police Force and City of Rockingham initiative that seeks to engage young people identified as being at risk of disengaging from school or the community.

The initiative, called Line of Sight, includes students from Rockingham Senior High School, Kolbe Catholic College, and SMYL Community College.

Senior Sergeant Chris Campbell, Youth Policing Manager at Western Australia Police, said the aim of the Line of Sight program was to build a path for a positive and exciting future for young people.

“The program seeks to help young people, specifically those enrolled in Years 9 and 10 of three local high schools, to re-engage with the education system.

“Each participant has been identified by police officers or school staff as being at risk of disengaging from school, or otherwise vulnerable to anti-social or offending behaviours.

“As part of the initiative, program participants are helped to build resilience through education, teamwork challenges and other leadership-based activities,” he said.

During their visit to Fleet Base West, participants were given a comprehensive tour of the various naval facilities located on Garden Island, Rockingham.

This included the Submarine Escape and Rescue Centre, various workshops and the School of Survivability and Ships Safety.

Senior Sergeant Campbell said the Line of Sight program was divided into 10 sessions, which provided participants with a range of skills that would assist them in everyday life situations.

“This includes topics such as personal choices, empowering healthy relationships and teamwork and leadership,” he said.

Senior Sergeant Campbell said Line of Sight organisers hoped the program will be expanded outside the Rockingham area over the next few years.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Gallery: https://images.navy.gov.au/S20193189.