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February E-News 
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Byron Youth Service Team

Once again we have hit the deck running!

We welcome Peter McGlennon as the new Director for Byron Youth Service.

I have worked with young people for a long time in many different ways and places.
I spent about 20 years in education, initially in PE, Outdoor Ed. and then in leadership roles. For the last 6 years I was state manager in SA/NT and then Qld for a national organisation that supports young people whose lives have been turned upside down by cancer.
BYS drew my attention because it is driven by the needs of young people and supported by a local community that cares about them. 
I am really looking forward to doing what I can to help with the work that aims to ensure young people feel happy, safe and valued in Byron Shire.

We would like say a massive thank you to Andrew Hall for another kind donation to the Mullum Cottage.

We are in the process of organising our SNAP! 2014 Photography Competition and Exhibition and creating a retrospective profile book of previous SNAP winning artists. Please pass on the info to all the budding young photographers.

Take care.

Peter McGlennon & all of us at BYS. 


Byron: 6685 7777

Mullum: 6684 3086  


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BYS Charity of the Day @ Byron Markets

 Sunday March 2nd from 8am to 2pm
Your generosity is greatly appreciated and will help us keep our programs running for the future of young people in our Shire! 
Shev & I @ Byron Markets  

Byron Community Campus News

Welcome back to the 2014 school year!


2 students have returned to mainstream school.

 4 students have started their preliminary Year 11
2 Year 12 HSC students
2 Junior students
3 students have started TAFE/VET courses for their Year 11

We wish all our students the best tin this year's academic endeavours!   



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BYT 2014
 Byron Youth Theatre



Byron Youth Theatre are straight into action devising a new piece of dynamic theatre to present

at a Sexual Health conference titled "PASH" this April 2014.

Positive Adolescent Sexual Health: PASH was inspired by the Youth Development Officer,

Phoebe Lines who was a BYT company member in 2010. The conference is being organised by

PASH consortium, a network of over 30 North Coast organisations with a mandate for Youth

Development, safety and health. The 2 day conference will be presented to young people aged

14 to 24 as well as bringing together some high profile Keynote speakers, GPs, psychologists and health practitioners. 

Funding from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) & Byron Youth Council has given BYT this fantastic opportunity to create a thought provoking theatre piece that will also lead into engaging workshops as part of the conference.

At the end of 2013, Director Lisa Apostolides received great news that BYT have been awarded

a Country Arts Support Program grant to further their performance piece Mind Made Me which focuses on youth Mental Health issues.

Mind Made Me was devised in 2013 (funded by NRCF, Byron Youth Council and NSW Mental

health Association) as a series of vignettes highlighting issues such as anxiety, depression and

non suicidal self harm.

"It was a starting point to open a conversation about these complex issues with Year 9 & 10

students in local schools" Lisa explains. "The overwhelming positive response to all 11

performances delivered in November and December 2013 was astounding, which confirmed that young people want to discuss, explore and find positive solutions. I am so grateful that we can now continue this important work through further funding".

Mind Made Me project will continue in May 2014 and BYT are hoping to receive more funding

from a Youth Development and Support Program Grant that was applied for in 2013.

An application for a Youth Activities grant has recently been submitted by BYT that would allow them to devise a piece of Street/Event Theatre that could be taken to the ever growing amount of local festivals. It is planned that while being entertaining and spectacular to look at it will also get a strong message across to audiences. BYT is interested to collaborate with young local costume designers for this project. If interested please contact Lisa 0403023693.

Director Lisa Apostolides expects 2014 to be an awesome year for BYT as their profile continues to rise in the local community she trusts that BYT's work will be able to travel further to reach other young people in the region, State and even overseas!!

As part of the grand plan she is approaching local businesses and individuals to contribute $50

annually to a BYT fund that will greatly assist in transport costs enabling more young people who live further from Byron to get home after weekly sessions. If you are able to "come on board" with this please contact Lisa.

If you are a young person aged between 14 to 18 years, are passionate about theatre, dedicated

and enjoy group work come along to BYT at the YAC, 1 Gilmore Crescent, Byron Bay on

Tuesdays 4 to 6pm.

For more information contact Lisa 0403023693

We particularly encourage young men and indigeneous youth to come join us!


Courses Programs & Activities

Youth Connections Program 2014 


Youth Connections (YC) fosters a positive future for our community through the empowerment of 'at-risk' youth aged 11-19.

The YC program works with Byron and Mullumbimby high schools, other organisations, families & individuals to identify young people who may be experiencing barriers to successful learning outcomes.

YC then supports those young people to remain engaged in education or secure employment opportunities. YC supports clients to build personal resilience & address barriers in their life and is delivered at both the Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC) & the Mullumbimby Cottage.


Young People who are in need of support can come down to the YAC 

1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay 

& speak to a youth worker 

Monday to Thursday, 10am - 3pm.

The Cottage at 34 Gordon St, Mullumbimby is happening again for an exciting new year.

Girls and boys group will be on again Tuesday and Thursday with referrals coming from Mullumbimby High.
Deb is also available for individual support, case management and referral and can be contacted on 0409170062 via call or sms to make an appointment time. Additionally previous clients of the Cottage are more than welcome to call in. It's always inspiring to hear what everyone is doing.
We look forward to old and new faces in 2014.

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Tuesday 18th March
   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
 Byron Bay Coffee Co
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Participants who complete the Safer Drivers' Course for learners will receive a bonus of 20 hours credit recorded in their learner driver log book reducing the total logbook requirement from 120 to 100 hrs.  STEER generally hold Courses at the Byron Youth Service on Thursday afternoons from 4-7pm. 
Visit for info and bookings and call Phil on 0414 809 330. 


'keys please' is an initiative of the STEER youth safe transport project

proudly supported by a 2013 FRRR ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grant.


Falls Festival 2014 KPK
Falls Festival 2014 Keys Please Kiosk


Outreach Program

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









for allowing us to park the bus on their property!  


Your donations are invaluable!

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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

  Richard Heazlewood-Ross         Chairperson
 Ian Leggo                                 Treasurer
 Rob Eldridge                             Secretary
Mark Smith                                Member
Philip Preston                             Member
Caston Smith                             Member
 Nicqui Yazdi                            BUDDI Rep
  Stephanie Sims           Staff Representative

Byron Youth Service Workers
Peter McGlennon                                             Director
Deb Pearse                          Mullum - Youth Connections 
Rosalie Bryant                        Byron - Youth Connections
Stephanie Sims                                 Fundraising/Events
David, Jemma, Marti & Traci
Casual Youth Workers


Community Project Workers 

Steve, Odette & Angela                               BCC Flexi-School
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Simon Menlove                                         The Uncle Project
 Lisa Apostolides                      BYT Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi                                  BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator
Phil Preston                                  STEER Project Coordinator