About Us

WHO WE ARE 

Our Vision Statement

Young people are valued, happy and safe within our community.

Our Mission Statement

Byron Youth Service creates, supports and leads community action because young people matter.

BYS is a not-for-profit incorporated community association committed to providing services for young people between the ages of 12 -24 years and their families. Our services are based on a sound understanding of young peoples’ needs and experiences.We were established in 1987 and have been the primary provider of youth services in Byron Shire ever since. 

BYS advocates for young people and provides programs and facilities that support and empower young people and their families.

We work in partnership with many members of our community to develop and deliver a dynamic range of programs and services.BYS is governed by a voluntary Committee of Management, comprising of a range of local people with skills in education, government, community services, business, the creative arts and youth work.

We operate from facilities in Byron Bay (the YAC) and Mullumbimby (the Cottage) and also run outreach programs throughout the Byron Shire. 90% of our funding comes from State and Federal government grants and is supplemented by energetic fundraising. BYS is a registered charity and has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office.

The Key Issues in our Area • Alcohol and drug related issues • Mental health • Health and wellbeing • Youth unemployment and limited local career options • Access to local alternative secondary education, vocational learning pathways and training • Cultural, sporting and recreational activities • Youth entertainment, youth venues and events • Transport • Lack of affordable housing • Social and environmental impact of tourism • Personal safety, violence, and police attitude • Participation in the community

Our Key stakeholders Young people, Parents, Our staff, Committee of Management & volunteers, Arakwal and Bundjalung people, Education providers – schools, TAFE, RTOs, SCU, Government Organisations, Funding bodies and their staff, Community Services Organisations, Local businesses and their Associations including Liquor Accords, Job Network Agencies, Youth and Community Service Providers, Health Service providers, Cultural Organisations Sporting Clubs and Organisations, Environmental & Social movements and projects. 

OUR VALUES

What We Value

We will continue to build our capacity to improve the quality of life of young people and their families across our region. We recognise the diversity of communities and respect their cultural, linguistic, sexual, ethical and spiritual differences. We support young people in their culture.

> Commitment

Byron Youth Service is committed to providing a diversity of valuable services to young people in a safe, ethical and supportive environment.

> Caring

Using respect, honesty and integrity, our professional team support young people and their families to feel accepted, regardless of
their circumstances.

> Community

We are recognised as innovative leaders in youth services in our community and look for opportunities to share our learning and experience with other service providers both locally and around Australia.

Creativity
We use creativity, reflective practice and teamwork to assist young people grow and develop. Our programs enable young people to tap into their own creativity and pursue their dreams.

OUR TEAM

BYS Staff

We currently have an exceptional team of 8 experienced and well-qualified staff and some casual workers. Approximately 8 co-workers, employed by other organisations, regularly work with our team at the YAC in Byron and we are committed to training the next generation of youth workers by mentoring students that are studying courses within the Community Services training package.

Teeya Blatt - Manager

Deb Pearse, Youth Connections Co-ordinator - Mullumbimby & Street Cruise Worker

Rosalie Bryant, Youth Connections Co-ordinator - Byron

Stephanie Sims, YAC Coordinator, Safer Drivers Course Coordinator, Fundraising

Berri Drum, Byron Flea Market Coordinator - Volunteer Coordinator

Dale Shaddick, Education Support Coordinator

Lindy Lou Smith, Links2Learning Coordinator

Karim Kauffman, Links2Learning Facilitator, Northern Lights Coordinator

Yani Clarke,  Resident Photographer

Zen Kahlert, Northern Lights support worker

Casual Workers: David Dalton

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BYS Annual Report 2016

BYS Annual Report 2015

BYS Annual Report 2014

BYS Annual Report 2013

BYS Annual Report 2012

BYS Annual Report 2011 

BYS Annual Report 2010

BYS Strategic Plan Summary 2012 - 2022