BYS is a not-for-profit incorporated community association committed to providing services for young people between the ages of 12 -24 and their families. Our services are based on a sound understanding of young peoples' needs and experiences.
We were established in 1987 and have been the primary provider of youth services in Byron Shire ever since.
BYS advocates for young people and provides programs and facilities that support and empower young people and their families.
April E-News 2017

Busy busy busy.
March at the YAC saw young people attending Skills4Life, Byron Community Campus, Flea and this place was buzzing! The Cottage in Mullumbimby likewise a-buzz with five groups per week, a sixth to start in Term 2. We've had volunteers, students, and visitors dropping by. Northern Lights -the North of the Shire pilot program- is taking off in Ocean Shores, as is the Parenting Teens workshop at Byron High School. We're planning iSNAP competitions, Bruns Sk8park comp, new signs are going up at both Byron Bay and Mullumbimby venues so keep an eye out for our new logos in large relief. You may have seen our inaugural monthly article in the Echo - What Matters to Young People -BYS advocating for Byron Shire youth by providing them with a platform to have their voices heard (thanks to Hans at the Echo for supporting this important initiative). And on top of all that we have applied for several grants and we are busy preparing more. Bees and dreamers...

remembering in April to give a smile of encouragement to the young people in your lives.

From all of us @ BYS,

Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086


Latest News
A busy and productive month at the Cottage with new referrals from the school still joining groups.
Three of the groups participated in Drug and Alcohol sessions with Siobhan from Intra and we had  some great discussions, received some up to date information relevant for young people and again  experienced the 'drunk goggles'. Thanks Siobhan.

Nalia Dubay will begin next term and I welcome the opportunity to work on that program with Nickolla Clarke,  another new addition to the Cottage team.


The girls' groups are working on creative projects and participating in lively and productive discussions while they create.

We are loving the addition of Dr Liz, who comes in and cooks up a storm and leaves. All groups are having healthy, delicious and  nutritious meals and deserts. Many thanks to Dr Liz.

The boys are enjoying their activity sessions and discussions (and the food) with Rick. They are engaging really well and Rick can  be quoted as saying the year 8 did the best of any group so far in their physical assessment tasks.

BYS @ Bluesfest 2017

BYS will be Phone Charging and Breathalysing at Bluesfest! 
Hope you can pop in and say hello!
Courses - Programs - Activities

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Thank you to the following sponsors so far:
Byron Coastal Real Estate
Byron Hire
Byron Taxis & Limousines
First National Real Estate
2 Die 4 Live Foods


When: Tuesday 11th April,  4pm - 7pm
    Tuesday 9th May, 4pm - 7pm

How much: $50

Who: Ages 15 - 24

Where: Byron Youth Activity Centre
             1 Gilmore Crescent
             Byron Bay

To book a place call 6685 77 77

Thanks to Byron Bay Coffee Company for donating coffee for our course!
Safe Drivers Course for Learners 

The Safer Learner Driver Course is a combined theoretical and practical Course for under 25 year-old learner drivers who have completed 50 hours of log book driving hours. The Course involves two Modules:
  • Module one: A three-hour facilitated group discussion on how to manage risks on the road. This will involve a maximum of twelve participants and will be delivered by a facilitator.
  • Module two: A two-hour in-vehicle coaching session to develop low-risk driving strategies. This will involve two participants and a coach.
Participants who complete the course will receive a bonus of 20 hours credit recorded in their learner driver log book.
  • BYS is an RMS authorised Course Provider
  • The Course costs a total of $140 for both modules.
  • Participants may enjoy completing the Course with a friend particularly for the in-vehicle session. 
  • For more information please contact: Steffie Sims on  6685 7777 or email

Next Course dates: 

Wednesday 26th April - 4.30 to 7.30pm


To book visit:   

Work and Development Order (WDO)

The Work and Development Order (WDO) Scheme is an initiative that offers vulnerable young people (aged 12-24) the opportunity to clear outstanding fines with activities at the Byron Youth Service like unpaid/volunteer work, counselling, & participation in courses or programs.

WDOs are available to anyone who is homeless or in acute financial hardship, as well as people living with mental illness, intellectual disability, cognitive impairment or serious addiction.

Byron Youth Service is working together with Legal Aid NSW and the Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW) to link eligible clients with the program.

For more information call BYS on 6685 7777

The youth suicide prevention "Here Today" production, funded by Country Arts Support Program, Regional Arts NSW and donations from Cunning Stunts Nudge Nudge Wink Wink event is getting underway with 10 BYT members.

Director Lisa Apostolides has been delighted with how quickly and effectively the 5 new young people (Honey, Charlotte, Aiyana, Oberon and Kara) have bonded in with the BYT family!!
" We have an amazing Company, again!! so much talent, drive and passion for social action theatre. I can already sense the power of the work we are going to produce together, it's magical!!"
The Here Today project research phase has been enhanced for BYT members by 2 guest speakers recently.  The first a local young man who assisted us with another project who has a lived experience of periodic depression and anxiety and the other a local psychologist who specialises in dealing with youth issues.  "We are collating loads of online research, stats and resources" shares BYT member Brynn "but it is more powerful to hear from real people with real experiences first hand.  
The Company members have also created an online survey which they would appreciate community members completing to assist in this project. All responses are anonymous.

On the weekend BYT were out in the Arts and Industrial Estate and Byron town doing a photo shoot for their new website which is being developed by filmmaker and editor Nigel Haslam of Motion Circus .  Geoff Payne, a SAE graphic design student and the wonderful Yani Clarke were the principal photographers.  Take a look at a couple of shots below.

April will be a very busy time as several BYT members will be joining creative forces with Roundabout Theatre Director Valley Lipcer for the upcoming Pop Up Playspaces project w hich looks like it's going to be a hoot!! We'll also be going to Blues Festival again with the brain and Byron Youth Service which is always fantastic!!  Mixed in with this will be rehearsals for the Positive Adolescent Sexual Health conference which will be held in June!!

If you wish to find out more about Byron Youth Theatre please contact Lisa on 0403023693 or

Youth Voices

Patrick  - 18 years old

1. What has been the best experience in your life?
Had an experience at week-long ConFest, which was eye opening to me - I saw a community of freedom - no electronics, organic food, raw instruments, very tribal way of living - representing freedom. It was powerful and amazing.
2. What inspires you?
Sound and music and how that can make people feel - that it has an effect on your whole being.
3. Who would you like to meet and what would you ask them?
Beings of no specific age who are on same journey as me, towards changing consciousness.
4. What would you like to see happen in Byron Bay?
I would like to see more youth empowered things - music nights of all genres, proper skatepark for Byron youth, youth expressing artistry and creativity whatever it is.
5. When do you think a person becomes an adult and how?
A person becomes an adult when you reach a level to be able to show respect to everyone, show manners, genuine morals towards yourself and others. Also the ability to sustain yourself with money, having organization, priorities, be able to support family and people around you.
6. What do you believe in?
I don't think you need to believe, just be open to everything. Are you a religious person? No, but you can like aspects of Buddhism, Judaism, whatever resonates with you, just be, connect, feel all of it.
7. What has been the worst experience in your life?
Being young and not understanding why my dad was gone, he's dead. A lot of nightmares and insecurities, bullied at school, racial slurs. Fear really had me in a grip.

8. What would you like to change in the world?
In this moment right now, I just want to change myself and be the best I could possibly be. Remember that spirit isn't finite. I see each of us as lights, some bright, some dim. And when we are all shining bright, we'll all be where we need to be. It's changing. Earth is changing.

Outreach Programs
Northern Lights rocks!
Young people attending the first session of the Byron Youth Service Northern Lights program in the North of Byron Shire last Friday were jamming! A surprise donation from presenters of BayFM's The Men's Show of a 1987 Fender Strat electectric guitar got young people shredding tunes until 7pm at the Ocean Shores Community Centre. The guitar was donated from the deceased estate of Gary French to the program and repairs and a new set of strings were donated by Clem's Guitar Hospital in Byron Bay.
"It's great that this new program got so much communit y support," said BYS youth worker, Karim Kaufman. "We've a lso had a great turn out from you ng people and we hope to obtain the funding we need to continue running activities well after the 5-week pilot."
Last Friday young people participated in a photography workshop, with potential to enter their images in the BYS iSNAP youth photo competition.
Free BBQ and food was had thanks to kind donations from Coles supermarket, Ocean Shores Bakery and Homegrown in Brunswick Heads.
Young people can attend for the next two Fridays 4 to 7pm at the Ocean Shores Community Centre.  With community input and support, there is potential for expansion as the current 5-week program is running on minimal and limited resources. Community members interested in donating time, services or funds can contact BYS.
For more information on transport, please call Karim Kaufman on 66857777 or 0490 669 938.
What:  Northern Lights - Free food, music, games, activities.
When:  Fridays
Time: 4 - 7pm
Where :  Ocean Shores Community Centre


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Byron Youth Service Team
Management Committee 2017

Kristie Clifton                                  Chairperson
Michael Goldberg                     Vice Chairperson
Ian Leggo                                           Treasurer
Mark Smith                                           Member   
Martyn Mills                                          Member
Patrick Lorenz                                      Member
Teeya Blatt                                          Manager

Byron Youth Service Team

Teeya Blatt                                                Manager
Deb Pearse                   Mullum Youth Coordinator
Rosalie Bryant                 Byron Youth Coordinator
Stephanie Sims                           YAC Coordinator
Berri Drum                         Byron Flea Coordinator
Dale Shaddick       Education Support Coordinator
Lindy Lou Smith      Links to Learning Coordinator
Karim Kauffman         Links to Learning Facilitator
Jonathan Edwards                               Accountant 
David Dalton                                     Street Cruise
Yani Clarke                       Resident Photographer 
Ken Kahlert                  Northern Lights Facilitator

Community Project Workers

Katie Magriplis           Byron Community Campus
Chad Kolzce                            The Uncle Project
Morag Roseby                         The Uncle Project
Lisa Apostolidis                   Byron Youth Theatre