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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  


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A Snapshot of Xavier Rudd's concert @ the YAC!
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Xavier fans   Crew @ Xavier Rudd's gig
Thank you Xavier Rudd, Yeshe, the crew, volunteers, stallholders, sponsors
and patrons for an awesome event @ the YAC!


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!


Stef, Mark, Di, and Ralph  Volunteers' soiree

Erin, Milli & Di Claudia & Traci     



Project U Turn Donation

Donate now  


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  

September Bonus!!  

September Bonus!! 

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... 

Community Engine donation
Thank you so far to all the community engine nominators!

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!

Youth Voices 

Orion De'Leede  

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! 

Programs and Activities 
Sept line up  


SNAP! 2012  

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 Council

Competition closes Friday 9th of November
Exhibition held upstairs @ the Community Centre 
Thursday 22nd November @ 6pm

Applications: or email or call 66857777
Byron Youth ServiceByron council logoBCC logo   FaHCSIA  SCU logo    
Kayla Moon People's Choice
Kayla Moon                               2011 Peoples' Choice winners                           Amber Rain 
Young Mens' Adventure Program
Y Map Mountain Biking  

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.
Schoolies 2012  
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 


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.




Cruising the Byron Shire on Friday & Saturday nights from 8pm till 12am.  









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...


Stephanie Sims 6685 7777  

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Thanks to Byron First National for their financial support to our Outreach Programs in the last 12 months! 

Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

  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