Vitae (‘for Life’) came about because of a concern over the death-centred rather than life-centred symptoms seen in young Australians. These symptoms are exhibited in anti-social behaviour, violence, crime, substance abuse and suicide.

Since 2006 Vitae has been offering male youths the opportunity to make significant changes in their lives through sponsorship onto outdoor interventions. It is well known that for males an activities based program is the most effective means of changing attitudes and therefore changing behaviour. In recent years Vitae has added to the Bush Phase a significant mentoring program, the Mateship Phase.

The total program is known as the Vitae Challenge.