Well we had Kevin Rudd visit earlier this year and last weekend we had Xavier Rudd filling the YAC amphitheatre with good vibes and powerful sounds. It was a beautiful day and our venue looked fabulous - we want to thank Xavier and his team for choosing our drug and alcohol free venue as part of his Spirit Bird Australian Tour. I also want to acknowledge our own Mel Honey and awesome young people that make up the Rock the YAC Events crew - Freddie, Phoebe, Aura, Trigan for their hard work in managing the site. The YAC amphitheatre really is special.
Well its full swing here as we start to promote our new initiative "Cringe the Binge". Please 'like' us on facebook if you haven't already and check out the people who are showing their support for this important issue. We will be doing an official media launch on Friday 19th October and our National Weekend of Action is taking place on 9, 10 & 11 November. The Cringe the Binge website should also be up and running by the end of this month!
Our recent volunteers' Soiree at Fishheads was an extremely enjoyable affair with beautiful food, the best view in the world and awesome local people who help BYS do what they do. Thanks to Ralph and Mark and his crew for hosting and supporting us! You guys rock!
In the next few months we will be advertising the 5th year of the SNAP Youth Photography Competition and Exhibition - and we will be offering young people opportunities & support to learn about enterprise through a series of Trail Blazers workshops.
Enjoy the beautiful spring weather everyone!
From all of us @ BYS
Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086
VOLUNTEERS' SOIREE @ FISHHEADS
What a beautiful evening! Thank you Fishheads for looking after us! The food was delicious, the service was fantastic and the company, of course, was awesome!
Every dollar we raise counts!
As it will help us keep the Outreach Programs operating!
We hold Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Taxation Office, making all donations to BYS tax deductible.
COMMUNITY ENGINE GIVEAWAY
For every business that registers with community engine and nominates us as their charity of choice in September, community engine
will automatically donate an extra $25 to our group!
As a business owner this is a great chance to get free exposure and marketing as well as helping out an awesome cause!
All it will cost is a few minutes of your time...
Thank you so far to all the community engine nominators!
WHAT'S HAPPENING @ MULLUM COTTAGE
The new Year 8/9 Mullumbimby Cottage boys' group has been achieving some great outcomes. The boys' attendance has been great, they are much more focused and operate better as a team, they are building some positive peer support options with each other, there has been no incidents of aggression this term and the school confirms that they too are happy with their progress.
On Tuesday Sept 4th we went to the Green Challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, which is aimed at promoting teamwork but also to have some fun.
Jemma and I had the experience of doing self esteem building groups with them and the Year 10 group using Photo-language cards. Once they moved past their uncomfortability in talking about their feelings and aided by the bravery of a couple of the boys, they talked about how the death of parents, being bullied, struggles at school and at home had impacted on them and some of the strategies they'd used to survive hard times.
The physical work they do with Joe Robinson helps them to express some of their more challenging feelings, to be more focused and calm so they are able to concentrate in the classroom more effectively.
|Trail Blazers 2012
Are you 12-24 & keen to make some money from your ideas?
Do you want to learn how to pitch your idea? Make money from E-Bay?
set up an exhibition? Run a market stall?
then TRAIL BLAZERS is for you!
The Byron Youth Enterprise Project (YEP) will once again deliver The Trail Blazers Program in 2012.
Trail Blazers offers young people opportunities to work with tutors, industry professionals & business mentors to develop enterprising skills & ideas.
Throughout October 2012 Trail Blazers will be delivering a series of unique workshops in & around Byron Bay
The aim of the workshops will be to prepare & support young people to get enterprising. Young People can attend as many workshops as they like.
For more information on the program or to volunteer as a business mentor
call BYS Youth Programs Coordinator: Rosalie Bryant on 0431524044
Trail Blazers students in action!
Orion Andreas De'Leede 13 - BCC Studemt
1. What has been the best experience in your life?
I won best male actor in a supporting role in Year 6
2. What inspires you?
Helping people as I want to become a doctor when I grow up
3. Who would you like to meet and what would you ask them?
I would like to meet Stephen Hawking and ask him he feels about getting it wrong with the Higgs Boson theory!
4. What would you like to see happen in Byron Bay?
Less crime. less alcohol and drug abuse. More action to do something about it.
5. What do you believe in?
I believe that everything happens for a reason and if it's not broken don't fix it.
6. What would you like to change in the world?
Better communication and more compassion towards one another!
8. What's important in a relationship?
9. Interwiewee to Interwiewer.
What's it like working @ the YAC?
Busy, exciting and interesting! Never a dull moment!
YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION & EXHIBITION
Portraits of people from the Northern Rivers!
Open to ages 12 to 24
Cash Prizes in 8 categories including People's Choice Award and Judges' Award
Judges' award includes a Public Art Mural donated by Byron Shire CouncilCompetition closes Friday 9th of NovemberExhibition held upstairs @ the Community Centre Thursday 22nd November @ 6pm
or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 66857777
Kayla Moon 2011 Peoples' Choice winners
Young Mens' Adventure Program
Y MAP is a fun, vocational and activity based program for boys
in Year 10 at Byron High.
The program is being held off campus and includes a range of adventure activities including, mountain biking, kayaking, bush walking, paddle boarding, snorkelling, scuba, boot camp, rock climbing & circus arts.
Positive male role models are included in all activities & all the outings for this program have been generously donated by local adventure/leisure businesses.
Mountain Bike Tours Byron Bay recently made a group of Byronian young men very happy by donating a fun-filled mountain biking tour worth over $1000 to the Byron Youth Service (BYS) Young Men's Adventure Program (Y MAP).
Y MAP is a joint enterprise between BYS & Byron High which offers opportunities for students to experience some of the unique Adventure Tourism activities Byron Bay has to offer.
Highlights of the Mountain Bike tour to Broken Head included riding along the beach on low tide, sightings of dolphins, & a 'wheelie' race.
We would especially like to thank the trust for so generously gifting this experience to the program participants
Photo : Tim Rice of Mountain Bike Tours (NSW) accepting a certificate of appreciation from young men involved in Y MAP & BYS volunteer mentors.
Do you want to be part of a FLASH MOB that is based within the Byron Shire? Shoni has received a 'Small Change Grant" so she can create a Byron Flash Mob with the intention of holding FREE hip hop dance workshops for all young peeps from the ages of 12 to 20 that want to get involved, leading up to various MOB performances all over the shire at random events with the intention to hold a huge MOB dance during Schoolies in November.
Stay tuned for workshop dates times and venues.
All interested peeps can contact Shoni via facebook search Shoni Grace and leave a message about your interest, contact address email or phone number.
Saturday 8th September - 6pm
Monday 1st October - 6pm
BOXATION with Peter Gauge
MONDAY 6 - 7 PM
WEDNESDAY 5 - 6pm & 6 - 7pm
New website coming soon......
(Byron Youth Theatre in Education run by Lisa Apostolides)
We are entering our development phase for a new performance piece on drink/driving issues. If anyone comes across interesting articles, interviews etc please send me a link or photocopy in my pigoen hole at BYS.
If anyone is willing to be interviewed about a drink/driving experience please let me know as BYTE members will be actively exploring the topic over next few weeks.
THANK YOU TO THE GIRL GUIDES ASSOCIATION FOR THE USE OF THE HALL
| MOBILE YOUTH OUTREACH SERVICE
Cruising the Byron Shire on Friday & Saturday nights from 8pm till 12am.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR AWESOME SPONSORS!!!!
EARTH AND SEA PIZZA
BYRON CAPTURED WATER
SUFFOLK PARK BAKERY
BYRON BAY POLICE
for allowing us to park the bus on their property!
We are always looking for people that would like to donate food or drinks for this fantastic program...
IF THAT'S YOU PLEASE CONTACT
Stephanie Sims 6685 7777
Find us on Face Book at Facebook/Turning the tide
"LIKE" this page and keep updated on where the bus is at !!!
Thanks to Byron First National for their financial support to our Outreach Programs in the last 12 months!
Richard Heazlewood-Ross Chairperson
Maxine Caron Deputy
Ian Leggo Treasurer
Rob Eldridge Secretary
Mark Smith Member
Philip Preston Member
Karim Kaufman Member
James Nash Member
Nicqui Yazdi BUDDI Rep
Stephanie Sims Staff Representative
Byron Youth Service Workers
Di Mahoney Director
Deb Pearse Mullum - Youth Connections
Melissa Honey Links 2 Learning
Tegan Rowles Youth Worker
Rosalie Bryant Byron - Youth Connections
Stephanie Sims Fundraising/Events
Kate Reed Project U-Turn Coordinator
David, Jemma, Luke & Marti
Casual Youth Workers
Community Project Workers
Steve, Odette & Angela BCC Flexi-School
Chad Kolcze The Uncle Project
Lisa Apostolides BYTE Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator
Phil Preston STEER Project Coordinator