Ten days on the Spirit of New Zealand took one Northland teen from a "quiet Maori student", to a confident young leader.
07 June 2018
Adventure Trust CEO Dean Lawrence told 1 NEWS.
Currently about half of the young people taking part are scholarship supported.
"The trust has a core ethos of making sure that no one, because of financial reasons, is prevented from getting on board," said Mr Lawrence.
Mr Dayberg was one of those teens, his life-changing 10-day voyage was sponsored by Mitre10 Mega in Whangarei, whose owners want to "make a meaningful difference in the lives of local teens".
For Luke the voyage was just the challenge he needed to boost his confidence.
"At first I was real anxious - actually, I was really, really nervous. I think I was like shaking of nerves," he told 1 NEWS.
"It definitely increased my confidence; it really helped me step out of my comfort zone, meeting people I wouldn't really talk to and stuff like that, and just working as a team really."
Luke's not the only one whose life has improved after the voyage.
Ongoing Otago University research suggests participants' self esteem, self-efficacy, desire to engage and resilience improves after a 10-day voyage.
"Teachers also are very confident that young people will return to the classroom better students for it," said Mr Lawrence.