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Byron Youth Service Team

As the current Director of Byron Shires Youth Service I want to share a little about the challenges we face in delivering what BYS has been so well known for. Like so many in the not for profit community services sector we play a daily game of stretching our resources to provide the best services we can, in our case to support young people in the local area. The current funding climate is very uncertain especially for smaller community based organisations.


As we do what we can to plan for the future, it is vital that Byron Youth Service explores new ways to keep doing what we do best. BYS will soon be inviting individuals to consider whether they are in the position to become a regular giver to support young people in their area who have lost or are in danger of losing there way. Successful interventions by skilled and caring youth workers can engage young people in programs and services which support them to get back on track and gives them the chance they so want to be independent, contributing and valued members of their community. So please keep your eye out for this or if you like the idea already, just go to our website and sign on now.


On a completely different topic: So exciting to see the wonderful photos produced by young photographers for the SNAP photography competition. My sincere thanks to our humble sponsor who prefers to remain anonymous and to the many local businesses and individuals who have donated prizes. Most of all thank you to the many young photographers for sharing their creative work with us all.

Take care, 

Peter McGlennon & all at BYS

Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086  


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SNAP! 2014


Young photographers' interpretation of "Beauty & the Beast"


37 talented young photographers from all walks of life in the Northern Rivers Region showcased their wonderful photos at this year's SNAP! Photographic Exhibition.  This year's theme was "Beauty & the Beast"and we had 4 age sections 12 to 14, 15 to 17, 18 to 20 and 21 to 24, with each section receiving a $100 for highly commended and $200 for the winner.  Thanks to our judges who had the unenviable task to choose the winning photos, Eve Jeffery, Jan Barham & Ross Hollands. 


BYS would like to thank our amazing sponsors, supporters and volunteers:-   Margaret Robertson,  Byron Hire,  NORTEC , Leela Plantation, Telcogreen, Mayor Simon Richardson & FaHSCIA, our funding body.


12 - 14 


Winner: Tarquin Watt



HC - Ella Carthew Wood



15 - 17


Winner: Tabatha Newman 



HC: Jacon Clarke



 18 - 20


Winner: Merryn Boller 


HC: Alix McKenzie 



21 - 24


Winner: Nathan Wood 


HC: Clare Douglas 



The winner of the People's choice was Bali Benson with "Young At Heart" 




Bali Benson, People's choice winner, Steffie and Peter and some of the amazing people that attended the Exhibition!
Mullumbimby Youth Cottage

Lots going on at Widows Cottage, the Mullumbimby arm of Byron Youth Service. Jenny Lemmon, from Community Health, is doing drug and alcohol sessions with all groups.
So far we've had sessions with the boys' groups and it was fun and addressing lots of different issues and gaps in knowledge. 
An outing with Year 10 boys to Byron for a movie and lunch was fun and the boys behaviour was exceptionally good.
All the girls' group are doing fabulous creative work on their individual projects, which are starting to take shape really well.
We are also gradually clearing and cleaning at the Cottage and replacing some very old resources with new ones. Again if anyone has kitchen stuff in reasonably good condition that they would like to donate so we have a kitchen where the young people can do cooking skills groups, please contact Deb on 0409170062.
Likewise any young people needing individual support please also contact Deb to make an appointment.



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BYT 2014
 Byron Youth Theatre



Byron Youth Theatre are down to their last 2 rehearsals before the PASH 2014: North Coast Youth Sexual health conference April 10th-11th.
The multi-scene production has been an incredible experience for all members.  Researching, interviewing, sharing personal experiences, and devising through improvisation under the facilitation of Lisa Apostolides, Director of BYT.
" The Company have been amazing to work with on this project.  Having a production that focuses on sexual health is very confronting for young actors.  We needed to get the right blend of comedy and seriousness to convey messages and information that will allow the audience members to contemplate their sexual behaviour, attitudes to others and consequences of actions." 
"It has been full on, we have done several Sunday rehearsals lasting 5 hours each time, it has been a lot of fun but serious hard work!" says one young BYTer.
The Company have also designed the backdrop which involved body painting and photography.  This production was made possible with funding from Northern Rivers Community Foundation and Byron Youth Council.
BYT hope with more funding they may be able to take the PASH performance to other schools in the region, as the conference filled up very quickly and some schools have missed out.
For more information about PASH please go to

Lisa and 4 members of BYT are also getting ready to go to Blues Festival again this year with "The Brain", a suit made originally for Project U-Turn.  One young member dresses up in the suit and is accompanied by Lisa as they rove the festival doing mock interviews encouraging participants to have fun but go slow on the alcohol intake!

After Easter the company are excited to start work on their Street/Event theatre piece also funded by Byron Youth Council through the Youth Activity Grant initiative.

BYT is a free group for young people (14-22 year) passionate about Theatre and performance.  They flourish solely on donations & grant funding.  If you wish to make a donation, spot a grant we could apply for or have any questions about joining please contact Lisa on 0403023693
Please LIKE us on facebook : Byron Youth Theatre.


BYS Creative Arts Collective FREE Workshops



Empowering young people aged 12-24 to be creative & enterprising!


Learn how to make hand made art books and jewellery

then make profits by selling your work though local shops.



School Term 2:

9 x Wednesday afternoon sessions from 4 to 6pm

commencing April 30th and ending June 25th



Byron Youth Activity Center

1 Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay


For more information or to enrol contact Artist & course Tutor

Gisela Conechado on 0410161747

Courses Programs & Activities

Youth Connections Program 2014 

Photo credit: Shakirra Gream - Winner for 2008 SNAP Youth Photography Competition 


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.

>In.scibe< is a new Byron Shire Youth Arts Mentoring Project. It is an opportunity for youth in the shire to get involved with other creative youths in an 8 week program. The program will involve arts mentoring, exploration into the diverse field of street art*, creative personal exploration, group work and guest regional artists, leading into the opportunity to >in.scribe< your own creative voice in the production on Street Art in Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads & Byron Bay. This is a pilot program in conjunction with KULCHA JAM & Regional Arts Fund

*Street Art can involve any art in the public sphere, murals, installations, participatory, environmental, installments, moss graffiti, sculptural....


APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN for project starting in mid April.

Only 10 Places available for further information, referrals and application process contact: Karma Barnes 0450707709  Nic Kain 0403991222


Parenting Program  



Invites parents & caregivers of teens to join in a FREE eight week


Parenting Teenagers Program


 Every Monday from 1pm-3.00pm

 (from 5th May to 23rd June 2014)


 The Byron Youth Activity Centre 

I Gilmore Crescent Byron Bay


 The program will focus on skills and information that may assist you to

improve your relationship with your teenager!


     For more information or to book call Rosalie Bryant on  0431 524 044

The Grommet category of the Bluesfest Busking Comp has now been running for two years and is developing into something unimaginable with its reach expanding to include national interest.

The comp heats are being held at the


Byron YAC on the 12th and 13th April 2014 


for the third year running. The finals are then held at the Beach Hotel in Byron on Good Friday the 18th April 2014. Three lucky performers are selected from the heats to battle it out at the Beach Hotel in front of a packed establishment of music fans as the buzz of Bluesfest filters into the Beachy.

The opportunities and prizes are ever expanding and 2014 is going to see the Comp reach new milestones. Please spread the word that applications are now open for the Grommet Comp with applications already appearing a plenty. For further information and applications visit the Bluesfest website


Last year's winners Nick & Sam spending some time with Xavier Rudd as part of their prize! 

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On behalf of the STEER project I would like to extend our sympathies and support to families and friends in grief after recent car crashes in this region.


There is a lot we are doing and can do to reduce suffering. Resilience based road safety education has been shown to reduce the likelihood of car crash by almost 50%. Providing youth and parent/carers with the best resources, information and support during the transition from L to P plates will increase the likelihood young people get where they want to go.


The Safer Drivers Course for Learners is a new statewide Course developed by the NSW Centre for Road Safety. STEER are proud to be providers of the Course and encourage all young drivers to participate. The Course is generally run every fortnight at the Byron Youth Service and participants receive 20hrs off their logbook at completion.


Parents and supervising drivers are another crucial part of creating safe young drivers. Young people learn a lot by observing their parents and supervising drivers. We are hearing students share stories of parents speeding...driving whilst on mobile phones and not knowing the correct procedure for entering and leaving a roundabout. To assist parents and supervising drivers  STEER will be holding a "Monkey See Monkey Do"evening at the  

Mullum Civic Hall on Thu 10th April at 7pm. 

A combination of discussion, film, activities and trivia will help parents and supervising drivers be the best role models possible for young drivers.

Outreach Program

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








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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