Youth Enterprise

The Byron Youth Enterprise Centre Project (BYEC) 2015-17 builds on Enterprise Program skills, relationships & programs developed over the last decade (2005-2015), to implement a new & innovative response to Youth Enterprise in our LGA (Byron Bay). Previous Program of Delivery 2005-2015 offered opportunities for young people (yp) to connect with local business mentors, generate enterprising community projects, create products for sale in marketplace, access training opportunities, develop the skills necessary to launch a career/business concept & perform/sell products at local markets/exhibitions to gain exposure for their crafts/endeavours. Industries featured in previous program included Creative Arts, Music & Hospitality.

BYEC 2015-17 will centre around running an innovative new monthly Market called The Byron Flea, at the Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC). BYEC will support yp to be involved in diverse business ventures at the Flea including Catering, entertainment, marketing of their creative ventures (eg handmade jewellery), & retailing (having their own shop/stall). As the only youth-focused market in the region, The Flea is a completely new market concept providing yp with a safe space to participate in work experience, engage with business mentors & connect with opportunity to expand their business networks & knowledge. Furthermore, a range of training opportunities/partnerships (eg barista courses, Hospitality training), will offer yp opportunities to develop skills/product that they can market through the Flea or other avenues.

The Byron Flea will be a unique youth & family friendly community-based market run with the support of local community stakeholders & business sponsors/partners offering ongoing opportunities to incubate business & create a sustainable marketplace. The Flea will foster the entrepreneurial skills of yp & develop relationships between yp and the community through social enterprise. The key to this market being unique is that yp will be supported on a level that they would not be in an open market. BYS is committed to working with stakeholders at all levels to incubate an innovative & productive BYEC offering learning, education, support, mentoring & a marketplace for young people developing enterprising ideas.