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Endeavour is working with extremely marginalized young people who have very few opportunities to make their lives better.  We use water based activities as a platform to develop their personal skills.  By participating in canoeing and kayaking, young people build their self-esteem through a sense of achievement “Wow, I got across the lake, fantastic!” and build resilience if achievement is attained after several failed attempts “I’m glad I kept trying, and now I did it – great”.  The key focus is to ensure they understand how to transfer these feelings of achievement into other areas of their life such as continuing to pursue education and get qualifications even if not succeeding on first attempt, and not to give up when rejected in job applications.  This also offers the chance of just enjoying a fun activity and building friendships.

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