EG has pledged its support to The Helmsman Project. The program, headed by Andrew Stainer, a long-standing friend of EG, aims to equip teenagers from schools located in lower socio-economic areas with the psychological skills and broadened perspective necessary to set meaningful goals, overcome setbacks and persevere in the pursuit of their dreams.

The four core values that are upheld by the board, staff and volunteers of The Helmsman Project, are the same values that the program aims to instil in the young people that it supports.

These are:

Hope: Open-mindedness to new ideas and the setting of challenging goals

Self-regulation: committed and dedicated, but able to adapt

Resilience: Embracing challenges and setbacks, while remaining focused on a bright future

Community: Dedicated to creating a supportive and collaborative environment.

The Helmsman Project offers two unique, one-year, evidence-based programs which have been designed by a team of passionate and experienced practitioners.

The first, the adventure program: involves coaching and adventure education in the form of sailing or land-based activities. Children are immersed in experiential learning and supported by their coaches who help them develop the life skills necessary to make better decisions and reach their full potential.  

Secondly, the community program supports young people to develop life skills, as well as job-readiness skills such as presentation skills, time management, teamwork and leadership. It also includes coaching and experiential learning activities. The students design and implement a project that will benefit their community.