October 2016 E-New
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Latest News
Youth Voices
Courses, Programs & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team


It is no big secret that Byron Youth Service is an organisation that cares deeply for young people. We'd like to contextualise that by reiterating the BYS Vision Statement, "Young people are valued, happy and safe within our community". BYS is an organisation that therefore cares also for the community in which we work and in which our young people live, learn and have fun. It follows that BYS is responsive to input from community members and organisations regarding the services, activities and events we offer as well as our way forward. To that end, we have feedback forms and processes in place to gather such input. So please consider this an open invitation: Let us know when you are moved or concerned about our Service, your opinion is important to us.
In addition to our Vision, BYS' Mission is to 'Create, Support and Lead community action because Young People Matter.' As such, we have in the plans for 2017  Community Forums program which will provide the opportunities for interested community members as well as young people to have their say. Forums may include:
  • input from relevant stakeholders on how to increase usability of BYS/YAC/Cottage by young people with disabilities;
  • to invite street artists to discuss ways to decrease property- and reputation - damaging tagging;
  • for exploring community- and stakeholder- preferences for location of a Byron skatepark.
September saw funds coming into BYS from Byron Council for new signage around the YAC and the Cottage bearing our new logos. Byron SignWorks has also generously donated a sign to ensure that all paths leading to BYS are aesthetically marked.
Late in September, the YAC received a quick visit from Chris Kennedy, nephew of JFK. The timing of the visit was perfect as young people were participating in our Photography workshop as part of our School Holidays Program and a spontaneous photo shoot captured the moment. See below for an example of their work.

Until next month, enjoy the ever warming weather, the whales and dolphins performing their joy of life splashes, the little bit of paradise that we call home, and offer freely an encouraging smile to the young people in your life.
From all of us @ BYS
Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086

Latest News

Mullum Cottage
Each year young people in programs at the Cottage participate in the Dolphin Dreaming program at the Byron Bay Lighthouse.  It's such a great day, always a little bit different but always fun, informative and interesting. This session, the girls' group  heard Delta Kay describe life for our traditional owners of the land as she was growing up in the Shire, how we preserve and protect  the Land, it's birds and animals, how we take care of country. The program is followed by a visit to the YAC and a special treat  of lunch in town.
A new pilot program for Year 8 boys from Mullumbimby High has commenced and is so far going really well, excellent attendance,  participation and behaviour. 
The Year 9 girls group has started a Papier-mâché project on creating different models of 'family', a learning curve for us all  but I'm sure will have interesting outcomes. We also welcome some new girls into the program.
Next term we will be running some exciting new programs: Eating Out of Home / how to make quick, inexpensive and nutritional  meals, yoga and music and an indigenous led girls group called Nalia Dubay (an Aboriginal language name for group of girls).
Assistance is also being given to young people who have decided to leave school and enter the workforce, engage in apprenticeships,  enrol in TAFE courses and in the upcoming Hospitality & Events Management course at the YAC.



Byron Community Campus

Byron Community Campus students and teachers are grateful for the generosity of the St George Foundation for funding a youth worker for additional support. Dale Shaddick was welcomed into the classroom this month and students are looking forward to collaborating with her to plan co-curricular activities suited to their needs and interests. These will include opportunities for connecting with other community organisations.
Students in Year 10 and Year 11 have been selecting subjects for next year including some TAFE options. As full time students it is possible to include these external courses in their pattern of study. They can be studied either at Kingscliff or Wollongbar TAFE.
Liz Harbison
BCC Teacher

T hank you to 'Youth with a Mission' for coming to our rescue in helping us out with some YAC maintenance in the last couple of weeks. 
Your support is invaluable in keeping the Byron Youth Activity Centre tidy and clean. 




To book the YAC for your next Event - Workshop - Conference -  please call Steffie on 6685 7777
Facing up to The Challenge
This November will see BYT's latest production called " Broken" touring local schools for Year 10 students as well as two public performances.
'Broken' focuses on the issues of domestic violence and it's effect.  The Company have undergone an in depth research process linking with the Women's Resource Centre in Mullumbimby, The Men and Family Centre, North Coast Area Health Service and other organisations.
Having taken part in the Domestic Violence Community Matters panel discussion and Q & A recently in the Byron Theatre, BYT cast members feel grateful and privileged to be creating a powerful, thought provoking and informative production covering such important issues.
"I was really shocked by the stats of DV in this region, it was upsetting but has made our production even more important to get clear messages out there that we all need to take responsibility for our behaviour" comments Serren Glenn, long standing BYT member who has recently re joined the Company after completing her HSC studies.
This production is a huge challenge for cast members and Director Lisa Apostolides has ensured that they are all supported by local Councillors during the process.  " This type of subject matter really stirs up a lot of emotions and often memories of abuse for cast members, including myself.  Fortunately we are like a strong family in BYT, I am here for all of them and we have direct access to wonderful councillors from local organisations including Byron Youth Service to assist us.  Trained staff will also be present when we take this production to schools."
There will be two public performances, one at the Byron Theatre on Wednesday 23rd November in conjunction with a Public Act Theatre event and the other at the Drill Hall Theatre Mullumbimby - Sunday 27th.
The project has been made possible with funding from Northern Rivers Community Foundation grant and 
BYT are also extremely grateful to Splendour in the Grass for their generous donation. 

Lisa Apostolides and BYT member Raani Nichols are also busy creating the inaugural LGBT+ and friends Fancy Formal which will take place at the YAC on November 12th.  An awesome fun social evening, with some short performances from BYT at the start, catering by TAFE Hospitality & Events Management students currently studying at the  YAC.  There will be an eventbrite link where you can buy tickets on line but for now check out the poster created by local graphic designer Myla Yeomans.  This event is alcohol and drug free, super yum non alcoholic cocktails and drinks will be available.  For LGBT+ and friends aged 12-25 years.

Youth Voices

Rainer Co ngdon - 16 - BYS Hospitality & Events Management Student

1. What has been the best experience in your life?
Reconnecting with my father.

2. What inspires you?
People that can make something out of nothing and push through hard times!

3. Who would you like to meet and what would you ask them?
Donald Trump and ask what goes on in that head of his.
4. What would you like to see happen in Byron Bay?
That there would be a locals week and the town belongs to the locals only. No holiday letting!!

5. When do you think a person becomes an adult and how?
When you find yourself and can decide what's right from wrong

6. What do you believe in?
I believe there's a higher power.

7. What has been the worst experience in your life?
There are no worse experiences as even bad experiences help us become who we are.

8. What would you like to change in the world?
Equality, spreading more peace and Love.  Not having higher powers controlling the world and allowing more people to have more say in decision making.

9. What's important in a relationship?

Courses - Programs - Activities 



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Tuesday 18th October 
Tuesday  8th & 15th November
 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!










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  info@bys.org.au
or book directly   www.bys.org.au/L-Driver-Course/

Next Module 1 Courses @ the YAC:  
Wednesday 19th October - 4.30pm to 7.30pm 

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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee 2016

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                          
Dale Shaddick                 Education Support Youth Worker 
Lindy Lou Smith       Hospitality/Events Course Coordinator
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