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July 2016 E-News 
In this issue
Courses, Programs & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team


It's hard to believe how quickly the months pass and how much happens in four short weeks. Nippy June was no exception.
Eight students completed their Flannery-Foundation funded Hospitality and Event Management Course, culminating in a June celebration and graduation ceremony. As part of their TAFE course requirements, all students completed 40 hours of work placement in hospitality businesses around Byron Shire, with several of the graduates moving into apprenticeships afterward. Big thanks to youth worker Chad Kolcze for supporting students through the 12 week course, and we offer to each student a wish for a very successful next-stage of their journey.
BYS lost a valued member of staff this month when Lotte Boer moved to Tweed Family Centre to take up the responsibility of Volunteer Coordinator. We wish Lotte much success in her career path.
Her position is now filled by Berri Drum, youth worker, Flea Coordinator, and Volunteer and Student supervisor. Karim Kaufman has taken up the position of Boys' Group Youth Worker at BYS. Karim will engage a group of students from Byron Bay High School through activities, life skills training, food and fun!
Welcome Berri and Karim, to the BYS team!
Our June monthly Byron Flea Market saw a new accent on crafts and activities. Young people participated in bubble soccer and skateboarding and local community members offered their skills in pottery, jewellery making and more. BYS also launched our inaugural Bingo! family event, with Alana Sheldon and Zoe Elliott putting in a remarkable effort to get the whole thing up and running in a week! They did a wonderful job organising, promoting and engaging with participants. Thanks to them and to local businesses who donated gifts for prizes. This is an event we have in our scope to run as a monthly family activity in the near future, so keep an eye out in local papers for your free Bingo card, coming soon...
Many thanks to the young people from Mullumbimby Cottage who have raised $860 this month through a raffle run by a Year 10 girls group and through contributions to the lunchtime healthy, active living program.
Our regular services ought be mentioned too, such Street Cruise, Barista and Safer Driver Learning Courses. BYS senior youth workers, Deb Pearse and Rosalie Bryant continued to engage students at Mullumbimby and Byron Bay High Schools and so fulfil BYS vision that young people are valued, happy and safe within our community. Why? Because Young People Matter!
This sentiment is clearly held within our community as evidenced by the generous financial supporter from local businesses and individuals. Donation came from the Tallow Group to run activities for young people in Suffolk Park, the Scanlon Foundation (following recommendation from a parent who had participated in Rosalie's Parenting course), the Malibu Classic Club, Knappick Foundation as well as from several individuals who wish to remain anonymous. Thank you to all! Every bit helps to enable us to respond to the particular needs of young people in our community, but more importantly, the ripple effect: from staff to young people to families to community, is immeasurable but immeasurably significant!

From all of us @ BYS
Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086

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Mullum Cottage
We have had an exciting month at the Cottage with one of the Year 10 girls groups running a raffle (see below for more details). Planning is happening for our All The Girls Day in July and some amazing photos have been submitted, printed and framed for our exhibition taking place on the same day. Both Year 10 groups will participate on the day inviting mothers, siblings, grandmothers and some inspirational women speakers.




The boys groups have been participating in the healthy, active living program.
The aim is to empower young men in the understanding that exercise is not just physical activity. It is also spiritual and supports their mental health, all backed by science. Over lunch there have been some productive and informative discussions about drug use/misuse prompted by many young people attending Omega, where a young man died. 


We continue to have very welcome drop ins from young people from previous groups and love hearing about their lives, jobs, successes, trials and tribulations. Some of the 'successes' this month from young people who completed programs at the Cottage. Alana who is dancing full-time at Raw Dance Company in Brisbane, Kalya who has just completed an Engineers degree, Ellie & Sienna are modelling and have their own business, Chelsea modelling in New York and all of my groups from last year are either still at school in Year 11, in Tafe or apprenticeships.




One of the Mullumbimby Cottage's Year 10 girls groups recently ran a raffle and raised $580, great effort!
In some kind of synchonicity the winner of the first prize was Lyn Kemp who Deb worked with at BYS 17 years ago.
Second and third prize winners, Brian Wappett & Bev Dutton were both from Mullumbimby High and the last winner, Yvonne Linguet from Santos.  



A big thank you to Peter at Cape Byron Marketing for providing graphic design for Byron Flea, one of our many loyal supporters who help to keep Byron Youth Services going. Contact Peter at for graphic design and marketing consults and services.
Courses - Programs  - Activities 
Please call Berri if you want to book a stall - 0490 026 840

Byron Youth Service



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 on 6685 7777 or email
or book directly

Next Module 1 Courses @ the YAC:  
Wednesday 13th & 27th July - 4.30pm to 7.30pm
Wednesday 3rd & 17th August - 4.30 to 7.30pm 
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Tuesday 19th July
 4 to 7pm
 Ages 15 to 24
Byron Youth Activity Centre
1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay
To book a place call Steffie on 6685 7777

Thank you to Byron Bay Coffee Co for donating coffee for our courses!

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Straight after an extremely successful run of 6 performances at the Positive Adolescent Sexual Health Conference held at SCU in Lismore, Byron Youth Theatre geared up to take their new production No One Way to schools in late June.

Made possible by a Country Arts Support Program, Regional Arts NSW grant, funding from Byron Council and a generous donation from local community member, Stephen Allkins, the production explores issues of gender and identity against the backdrop of homophobic behaviour.

Byron Youth Theatre members undertook in depth research and interviewed several community members before starting to create this piece.  "It is bold and confronting but also gives messages of hope and resilience" explains Director Lisa Apostolides.

The response from the 4 local high schools Year 9 & 10 students and staff members was overwhelmingly positive.
"I learnt so much from watching this, the actors are so brave, it should be seen by every school student, teachers and parents" shared Angie, one enthusiastic audience member at Byron Bay High School.

There was a full house at the public performance held at the Drill Hall Theatre in Mullum on June 26th and many audience members were moved to tears.
" I am so proud to live in a community where young people get to do creative, informative and inspiring productions like this, Byron Youth Theatre are exceptionally talented and under the excellent direction of Lisa Apostolides, make a huge social impact" shared local community member Paul.

Lisa is hoping to gain more funding to be able to hold another performance at the Byron Theatre.  
After the holidays BYT will start another new production which will focus on domestic violence which has been funded by Northern Rivers Community Foundation.

If you are interested in joining BYT, you need to be passionate about performing, available on Mondays evenings from 6-8pm. Please contact Lisa on 0403023693 as soon as possible as there are a few places available or if you can support us in any way

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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee 2015

Kristie Clifton                           Chairperson
Michael Goldberg                          Secretary
Ian Leggo                                   Treasurer
 Mark Smith                                   Member  
Alex Croall                                    Member
Patrick Lorenz                                Member
Stephanie Sims             Staff Representative
Teeya Blatt                                   Manager

Byron Youth Service Workers
Teeya Blatt                                                      Manager
Deb Pearse                               Mullum Youth Coordinator
 Rosalie Bryant                           Byron - Youth Coordinator  
Stephanie Sims                                       YAC Coordinator  
Berri Drum                                    Byron Flea Coordinator
                                      Karim Kaufmann                            Boys Group Youth Worker                                    
Jonathan Edwards                                              Accounts
David Dalton                                               Street Cruise
Community Project Workers 

 Liz Harbison                                  Byron Community Campus
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Morag Roseby                                          The Uncle Project
 Lisa Apostolides                      BYT Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi                                  BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator