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May 2016 E-News 
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Latest News
Courses, Programs & Activities
Outreach Program
Byron Youth Service Team


What a way to start the month with a fantastic contribution from the Flannery Foundation of fifty thousand dollars! This donation will enable us to run more vocational and training courses for young people over the next year! Thank you so much.

We're extremely happy to announce that we received $13,000  from the Federal Stronger Community Program for new computers.  Thank you to Justine Elliott for her support in securing these funds which will be combined with $15,000 raised at Bluesfest 2016 to bring our YAC Computer Studio into the 21st century!

We're also very grateful to Byron Shire Council & particularly to Councillor Paul Spooner who has advocated for Street Cruise & has informed us that funding is approved for the next financial year! 

Even though we have been receiving funds over the last twelve months to keep the work that we do ongoing, there is always more programs & projects that we could run, if only we had the funds! We would love to hear from you if you have an amazing fundraising idea or if we can jump on board your next event. 

For your next conference, workshop, event or program please consider the Byron Youth Activity Centre as your venue. It helps us cover costs to keep this amazing space maintained and offers you a beautiful, quiet spot in the heart of Byron.

Our hospitality students will be graduating on the 1st of June. It's been wonderful to watch their journey towards getting their Certificate II in Hospitality & Events management in partnership with TAFE.

We would love to invite you to our next Byron Flea Market on Saturday 14th of May. Lots of vintage joy, fresh coffee and great food! Hope you can make it!

From all of us @ BYS 
Byron: 6685 7777
Mullum: 6684 3086

Latest News

BYS staff of the Enterprise project worked with Byron Flea Stall holders to collect nearly 100kg of clothing for children impacted by cyclones in Fiji. Shani Ren Williams from the  Fiji Beachouse team, a young Byron woman spearheading a campaign of relief efforts sent us this message " We were finally able to access the villages in need after another cyclone and ridiculous amount of rain! On Friday we went on a 16 hour drive in our three tonne truck. You provided so many children with much needed clothing! Thank you Byron Bay Youth Centre":
Mullum Cottage

School holidays are finished and all groups are happening again at the Cottage. The Year 9 girls are doing some beautiful and creative work on their emotion boxes, very original and interesting. All groups have been making homemade pizzas for their lunchtimes together and they disappear very rapidly.
One of the Year 10 girls groups will be running a raffle so please look out for them selling tickets. The main prize is a big basket of fresh fruit and veggies with some yummy packets of Brook Farm muesli and muesli bars. Stay posted for other prizes.

Visits at the Cottage or chats up the street are always welcome with participants from past groups. It's great to hear what everyone is doing, how school or work is going and of course news of babies. 
Additional support, information and referral is always available. 
This month all groups are doing safe sex sessions with the Tweed Valley Sexual Health workers, beginning with both the boys groups. These sessions are fun and informative, the boys asked some great questions and it also reveals any gaps of knowledge. 

Street Cruise has been fairly busy, once the tourists are gone and summer is over, there are a lot more local young people around and it's lovely seeing young people again from previous programs and groups.
BYS Hospitality/Events Management course @ the YAC

With less than six weeks to go, we are over the 'mains' hump (half way mark) and quickly sliding towards dessert/end of the course. 
Keep a look out for these young faces in a restaurant near you, with all students having started or are about to commence their 'Work Placement'. This is a mandatory requirement of the course, so as to offer students real experience in a commercial kitchen or front of house somewhere nearby. 

Work Placement has these students linked up with local Coffee Roasters, Sushi Bars, Cafes, Skate Comps and some of the finest restaurants in the region. Say g'day if the opportunity arises, and reward them with a smile.  

Speaking of rewards. We visited an Award Winning Resort last week, during an outing to The Farm (Byron Bay) and Elements Resort (Byron Bay). We are grateful and thankful to both businesses for accommodating us, sharing their time & establishment with us. Following the theme, awards for retention where given out to two students this week. Awards for excellent attendance (95% thus far), were gran  ted to two deserving students. Other students are not far behind.

Five weeks to go. Let the count down begin! 

Byron Youth Service
Byron Community Campus

An increasing number of students are accessing the Byron Community Campus for support with their subjects studied through Southern Cross School Distance Education. We are fortunate to be able to access the space at the YAC and be exposed to the many opportunities provided by the Byron Youth Service. Students have been welcomed to participate in the various courses offered and this has lead to employment opportunities in the local area. Students range from Year 7 to Year 12, some completing their HSC this year. Patterns of study are monitored closely to ensure students stay on track to receive the credential they are aiming for. 

This program is funded by the NSW Department of Education, however the Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC) offers the space for free. Connecting with BYS staff has been invaluable to the success of the students.

Donated $50,000 to continue running our Certificate 2 courses to young people. Thank you!
Bluesfest Busking Competition organisers & Three Blue Ducks donated $500
Thank you for inviting us to shake the bucket for the last 4 weeks. We raised over $1000. 
Thank you to all the patrons that contributed to our cause.

Thank you to the following businesses for having our donation boxes:
Byron Beach Hotel
Byron Chemist
Byron Office Choice
Great Northern Hotel
Green Garage
IGA - Mullum
IGA - Sunrise
Mitre 10
and thanks to everyone that contributed!! 
Without your assistance we would not be here keeping young people safe!


The YAC are one of the recipients from this year's event held in April! 
More details & photos in next newsletter.

In June BYS are appointed the Charity of the day in Butler Street!

Thank you!

Please let us know if you have any fundraising ideas BYS can be involved in!
Call Steffie on 6685 7777 or email

Courses - Programs  - Activities 


These beautiful photos are from last month's Flea which hosted the
"Bounce into Youth Week" event, sponsored by Byron Shire Council. 

Please call Lotte if you want to book a stall - 0490 026 840

Byron Youth Service



The Safer Learner Driver Course is a combined theoretical and practical Course for under 25 year-old learner drivers who have completed 50 hours of log book driving hours. The Course involves two Modules:

  • Module one: A three-hour facilitated group discussion on how to manage risks on the road. This will involve a maximum of twelve participants and will be delivered by a facilitator.
  • Module two: A two-hour in-vehicle coaching session to develop low-risk driving strategies. This will involve two participants and a coach.

Participants who complete the course will receive a bonus of 20 hours credit recorded in their learner driver log book.



  • BYS is an RMS authorised Course Provider
  • The Course costs a total of $140 for both modules.
  • Participants may enjoy completing the Course with a friend particularly for the in-vehicle session. 
  • For more information please contact:
Steffie on 6685 7777 or email
or book directly

Next Module 1 Course:

Wednesday 25th of May - 4.30pm to 7.30pm 
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Tuesday 17th May
 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

Thank you to Byron Bay Coffee Co for donating coffee for our courses!

BYT logo

Byron Youth Theatre are just completing their research, interviewing and surveying for the 
upcoming production No One Way which explores issues faced by LGBTIAQ+ youth.  Many thanks to the 78 people who completed our online survey and to all those wonderful people we have been interviewing.  Next we will move into development through improvisation of scenes.  This production is due to go to schools and a public performance offered in May that has been funded by Country Arts Support Program, Regional Arts NSW. 
We are pleased to welcome two new members to our Company, Rainer and Marco, who have jumped straight into our new production!
Here's a photo of most of the Company after one of our rehearsals
If you want to find out more about BYT please call Lisa on 0403023693

Outreach Program


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 2015

Kristie Clifton                           Chairperson
Patrick Lorenz                             Secretary
Ian Leggo                                   Treasurer
 Mark Smith                                   Member 
Alex Croall                                    Member
Michael Goldberg                            Member
Stephanie Sims             Staff Representative
Teeya Blatt                                   Manager

Byron Youth Service Workers

Teeya Blatt                                                      Manager
Deb Pearse                               Mullum Youth Coordinator
 Rosalie Bryant                           Byron - Youth Coordinator  
Stephanie Sims                                       YAC Coordinator 
Lotte Boer                                      Byron Flea Coordinator
Chad Kolcze                                    Hospitality Coordinator
Jonathan Edwards                                              Accounts
David Dalton                                               Street Cruise
Community Project Workers 

 Liz Harbison                                  Byron Community Campus
Chad Kolcze                                             The Uncle Project
Morag Roseby                                          The Uncle Project
 Lisa Apostolides                      BYT Youth Theatre Co-ordinator
Nicqui Yazdi                                  BUDDI CDAT Co-ordinator