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September E-News 
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Latest News
Courses, Program & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team


"Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans." And so just 7 months after arriving for what we thought was a long time in the Bay, my partner and I are heading back to SA.


I'd love to say I am leaving BYS in great shape and with a bright future, but I have to say, BYS is facing significant challenges. It started as a truly community based organisation. It has been through a time of significant government funding but the world keeps on turning and BYS must reinvent itself yet again in order to survive and continue to support the young people in this region.


BYS is now reaching out to the community to become a Friend of the YAC. A Friend of the YAC will know they are helping local young people to engage, to become positive contributors, to feel valued, happy and safe in their community.  Friends of the YAC will choose how they help and will be able to help in so many different ways. A Friend of the YAC might just receive an e-newsletter or join Facebook group and share information. They might volunteer on programs supporting young people. A Friend of the YAC can offer discounted or donated goods and services. They could become a once off or regular donor or sponsor. A Friend of the YAC could volunteer their time to help remove graffiti or help maintain the YAC. Whatever way a Friend of the YAC chooses and there will be many other ways, you will know you are part of a group that has come together to support young people in this area to become active, contributing and valued members of this community.


If you want to find out more, check out our web page or give Steffie a call.


Take care, 

Peter McGlennon & all at BYS

Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086  


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Latest News

Mullumbimby Youth Cottage

A busy month at the Cottage with new activities and some new participants in programs and a goodbye to Lily Hedlund who is moving back to NZ with her family, best wishes for her there. Some of the girls participated in the Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming program with Delta Kay and Nigel Stewart at the Lighthouse. A lovely, informative and great team building day with lunch in town and lots of loud music on the bus. 


The boys have been cooking (making cookies) and playing cricket out the back.  

Year 9 group did a session with Daniel Hend on landscape painting. The plan is for them to do a mural at the Cottage of a north coast surf scene.

The girls are still making jewelry, mobiles and dreamcatchers and we've had some interesting discussions on sexual health while they're being creative. 

Lots of birthdays this month, always celebrated with a cake and singing.'

Byron Youth Service will be participating in the parade and setting up an information stall, selling Taste of Byron Cookbooks and Snap Retrospective Youth Profile Book.
We would love to meet you!  


Keep this date free!

Saturday October 18th!!!  

Inc. infamous musicians, upcoming musicians, graffiti-poetry-sk8 demos, workshops & market stalls.  
In partnership with Rock the YAC productions, Links2learning and Indent Music.

This is a Charity Event, all proceeds go to the Byron Youth Service 
More to be announced soon...  The Vibrant Minds Crew are on a very exciting adventure ....


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 Byron Youth Theatre


Byron Youth Theatre has been recognised again this time for their involvement in the PASH 

(Positive Adolescent Sexual health) North coast regional conference held in Byron in April during Youth Week. This powerful, original and somewhat confronting production explores a plethora of youth sexual health issues. It was deemed the highlight of the conference by the majority who attended and BYT have been invited to extend the production for the next PASH conference which is currently being planned to occur in 2015. Byron Council, a major partner in the PASH conference as part of Youth Week 2014, was a finalist in the nominations for a Local

Government Award. It recognised the innovation of such an empowering youth focused

conference which involved over 30 local health organisations as well as 300 young people.

Funding from Byron Youth Council and Northern Rivers Community Foundation enabled BYT to produce another stellar production.


The BYT Cast members for the Mind Made Me production are busy getting ready for the

upcoming "CONNECTING MINDS From Adolescence to Adulthood: Practical Skills for

Primary Practitioners with an Interest in Mental Health" hosted by the Australian Society for

Psychological Medicine, the National Faculty of Specific Interests/ Psychological Medicine

Network & the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.


"It is quite challenging to get back into a production we did last year knowing we have just one

performance to deliver with as much energy and power as before" shares Sahaj Blatt, cast

member. Director Lisa Apostolides commends the Company members' dedication to this

project as rehearsals are occurring on Sundays with one member (and his awesome family)

traveling from Brisbane each week to remain involved.

Several cast members are also involved in a GP training session facilitated by a local qualified

GP and Psychologist during the conference where they will be engaged in role plays to

demonstrate the power of practice sessions with young people dealing with a range of health


At the same time, the rest of Byron Youth theatre Company members are engaged in a new

project titled Altered States which will explore the issue of illicit drug use by young people.

Funding for this project has come from NORTEC Employment and Training.

" We have been doing a lot of bonding, fun games and activities to prepare us for this project and welcome a new member, which is important for us in developing a deep sense of trust with each other as well as learning more about acting skills and our own personal style." commented Georgia Conechado

BYT are also in process of surveying and interviewing peers and professionals on this topic as

well as researching stimulus material to assist them in devising their performance. The funding

will allow Director Lisa Apostolides to provide Mentor/facilitation training for cast members who will assist in workshop activities after each performance in schools. They will also benefit from Youth Mental health first aid training that will take place in January 2015 by  

Mindright Institute


Although BYT had to pull out of appearing at West End markets during the Brisbane fringe

festival (BFF) due to transport issues, Lisa and cast members were relieved that they hadn't

gone all the way there as weather conditions on the Saturday would have prevented them

performing outside anyway. A strong supportive connection has been made with BFF as well as West End Markets which will ensure future performance opportunities. The Company are

celebrating being accepted to perform The Ballad of Phony Maggot at MULLUM MUSIC

FESTIVAL this November ..when weather conditions should be awesome!!

Mullum Music Festival


Director Lisa Apostolides is as busy as ever applying for grant funding for Byron Youth Theatre to continue their amazing work. She is currently holding auditions for 4 new members who wish to join BYT.

If you are passionate about Drama & Theatre with a social message, want to join an incredible

youth empowered theatre company please contact Lisa on 0403023693.

Similarly if you wish to contribute to BYT in terms of associated Theatre expertise (lighting,

sound, costume, set, props, transport) and donations or patronage please contact us!

Go Fund Me

Please LIKE our facebook page!!

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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 3:

9 x Wednesday afternoon sessions from 4 to 6pm

commencing July 16th to September 17th



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



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Tuesday 23rd September
   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



Parenting Program  

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


Parenting Teenagers Program


Every Tuesday - 5.30pm to 7.30pm

21st October to 2nd December


 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


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School holidays are a great opportunity to give learner drivers experience behind the wheel. A range of experience is one of the greatest gifts you can give a young driver. Another is participating in the Safer Drivers Course for Learners during the school holidays. Visit for Course information, dates and bookings.  


Outreach Program

  BYS bus

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!

Click on link below to donate!

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Byron Youth Service Team

Management Committee

Richard Heazlewood-Ross            President
 Philip Preston                      Vice President
 Ian Leggo                                 Treasurer
 Rob Eldridge                             Secretary
Mark Smith                                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
Karen Ford                         Links to Learning Coordinator
David, Jemma, Jesse, Julian, Lotta, Sol, Traci & Gisella
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