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Byron Youth Service needs new yoga mats, arcade games, hula hoops and a shopping cart for Links2Learning groups held at Byron YAC for year 9 and 10 students in Byron Shire.

Links2Learning is a vital program for our local young people. It offers an alternative style of education to traditional schooling.

Read some of our 2017 L2L Student testimonials:


"It’s calm here. It’s healing."

"This program gets me through the week."

"This is the only thing that gets me through the moment."

"If it wasn't for this, I probably wouldn't be in school anymore."

Please spread the word! If you can contribute to L2L, please email Lindy Lou from BYS 📧:



With the ending of a $100,000 grant looming, BYS is reaching out to the community for assistance to keep vital programs going. 

It is confirmed that the Department of Social Services funding for the Youth Enterprise Project (YEP), is ending in March 2018. 

Northern Lights needs funding! LEARN MORE!

In 2017 alone more than 400 youth participated in YEP initiatives. 

YEP has been assisting young people to incubate enterprising ideas, access vocational training and connect with business mentors since 2005. This funding cut will leave key programs such as the popular Byron Flea Market without a means to continue.

Over that time program staff have helped thousands of youth to get a start into a career. 






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BYS has been part of the Byron Bay family for thirty years.

They have helped a generation of youth over the bridge to adulthood and they want to continue this work into the future. 

So, now, at this critical point, BYS is turning to the
community and seeking financial support to keep their programs running for the next generation of youth.


Our AGM will now be held on December 14th at the Byron YAC @ 5 pm!

We're currently seeking people with experience in Management, Human Services or Social Enterprise (as well as interested community members & young people) to apply to be on our voluntary Committee of Management.

The committee is integral to the delivery of much needed new and self-sustainable services for our youth, today, in 2018, and beyond. 

Please fill out and return the Membership Form / Nomination Form by December 12th. For more information, please read here. 

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Spirit of the Bay was a night of magic music 🎶 & seriously good vibrations!

THANKS to all the DJ's/musicians...and to ALL of YOU for coming out in the 💧💧💧 and supporting us in our mission to empower young people in our community 🔥🔥🔥


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Min Saxe, you're an absolute legend—THANK YOU for all the incredible work you do!

This year's SPIRIT OF THE BAY raffle was sponsored by:

Bluesfest Byron Bay
Falls Music and Arts Festival
Crystal Castle
Beach Byron Bay
Ixtlan Jewellery
The Farm Byron Bay
Rainbow Kids Yoga
Dance Integrated Australia

Heartfelt thanks to our AMAAAAZING volunteers...Andy, Kellie, Renee, Teeya, Dale, Rainor, Tosha, Ebony, and Georgia!

♥🌀🎶🌀♥ the ECHO 👌




This time three years ago a team of young Events Management students at the Byron Youth Service were getting ready to launch into presenting their major assignment for the course, an event called Spirit of the Bay.

Returning in 2017 are two of the original students, Hayley Stibbard and Shanise McIntyre, to again join forces with their once tutor, now friend, Min Saxe to bring you the third Spirit of the Bay.

Stephanie Sims from the BYS is delighted to have the crew return to put on another fantastic youth-focused event to raise much-needed funds for the Byron Youth Service so they can continue their valuable work with young people in the community.

She is pleased to announce that Spirit of the Bay will officially be an annual event held on the third weekend of October, with this year’s event on Saturday from 2pm!

Min recalls that although for the first Spirit of the Bay they had headliner act WolfMother gracing the stage, this year she is proud to boast about the huge array of local youth talent filling the lineup! Every musical performer and DJ would be under the age of 26 and is a drawcard to the event in their own right!

This gig provides an ideal platform to showcase the outstanding youth talent in the Shire. Even the various catering stalls are operated by young locals as well as the decor, lighting and lasers. With the support of industry professionals, this gig is BY the youth and FOR the youth!

AMBER performed as a soloist back in 2014 in the ‘Unearthing Byron’ segment of the first Spirit and returns this year with her band! Amber will also be doing backing vocals for another legendary local music act, Jeremy Storm.

Indigenoise will be performing and promoting their new single Wildfire and band members will also be facilitating the Opening Ceremony scheduled at 3pm.

After the live music, a smorgasbord of fabulous DJs hits the stage including TorusphereFraktal FaerieDendrite and Morgazmk. If EDM is your thing you don’t have to wait, as the FunMaker Silent Disco will be running alongside MainStage throughout the gig providing a variety of dance music styles to keep everyone happy.

Raising funds for the BYS is awesome! Showcasing some of the Shire’s amazing talent is fabulous! But for Min Saxe, the highlight of this gig is the heartfelt reunion of all the amazing young people who come together to make Spirit of the Bay possible!

Opening Ceremony, Jeremy Storm, AMBER, Indigenoise, Trip Syndicate, Fraktal Faerie, Medicinal Noise, Beatroot… and more.

Saturday at the BYS, 2pm till 11pm.


You learn to cook with your bare hands 🙌🏽 ...and the young chefs from our Italian Micro Cooking Class did just that.

Students mastered the art of making traditional Italian pizza dough, fresh n' tasty tomato sauce, pasta (Al Dente👌) and a coconut impossible pie!

Next YAC COOKING SCHOOL class is Oct. 12th. For more info, see here.



Have a passion for expressing yourself? ACYP’s design competition is perfect for you.

Engage your creative side and be in with an opportunity to win a GoPro for you and one for your school/organisation/community group or club or runner-up prizes of a $100 or a $50 voucher.

To participate in the Advocate for Children and Young People’s (ACYP) Design Competition you are invited to draw, paint or digitally create a design using what more than 4000 children and young people in NSW said they wanted for their community as inspiration.

The winning designs will be transferred onto scarves and ties worn by NSW opinion leaders. Copies will also be provided to the NSW Premier, the Hon. Gladys Berejiklian MP and exhibited at NSW Parliament House during Children’s Week between 21 and 29 October.

Over 4000 NSW children and young people had their say on what is important to them, so we are asking children and young people to take their inspiration from what their peers have said. The qualities of a good society that children and young people wanted are Safe, Connect, Respect, Opportunity, Wellbeing and Voice. 

The categories are:

  • Category one – 0-5 year olds
  • Category two – 6-11 year olds
  • Category three – 12-17 year olds

The completion closes on Friday 13 October so hurry and start working on your design before it’s too late. Visit for more information on how to submit your design and to read the competition terms and conditions.

Winners will be announced during NSW Children’s Week this October, to learn more about NSW Children’s Week visit





The Byron Youth Activity Centre (The YAC) aims to create a beautiful, safe, & tranquil space for young people & their families. The YAC plays host to a variety of fantastic events like Spirit of the Bay, The Byron Flea Market, Young & Green, and loads of interesting workshops, educational programs/courses—and everything else in between—and has done for many years!

We encourage the community to come have a look and book their next event, workshop, courses etc at the YAC...where Young People Matter! From these bookings, we are able to maintain and upkeep this treasured oasis in the heart of Byron Bay.

The YAC is currently undergoing some renovations from grants received from Community Building Partnerships and Public Reserves Management Fund Program to continue beautifying this amazing space...



SUPERBAD is showing at the South Golden Community Centre on Friday the 1st of September! Tickets are by donation ♥️

A new movie will premiere the first Friday of every month...! We are looking for enthusiastic young people to take charge of future nights!  Get in touch with Karim on 0490 669 938 for more info...or if you need a lift to and from SGB Community Centre! ⚡️



Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. 

BYS had a special screening of HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE at the SGB HALL on Friday the 4th of August to raise funds for much-needed youth programs like NORTHERN LIGHTS in Ocean Shores. 


Early this year we ran a series of events called Northern Lights to meet the needs of young people living in the north of the shire. Sadly we do not have funding to keep running these events, however, the need is becoming more crucial.

We NEED your HELP to keep this program running. Consider donating financially, attending the training day to volunteer on the program, donating food, prizes or equipment, it's all welcome! 

It takes a child to inspire a community! 

iSNAP entrant ___ from the 2017 iSNAP "street" photography competition. 

iSNAP entrant ___ from the 2017 iSNAP "street" photography competition. 

An interview with a local young person.

What has been the best experience in your life?

Moving out of the Catholic School system. Moving to Byron High made a really good change for me, it meets my criteria and I can have a really good shot at a future now.

What inspires you?

My grandfather, definitely. I can't think of anything I've done that didn't require a little something from him - like his knowledge or money or talking to me. He's a very good person.

Who would you like to meet and what would you ask them?

Oprah -I'd like talk with her ask how she turned her bad past into something positive.

What would you like to see happen in Byron Bay?

If everyone was more friendly in the streets like it used to be. And less smoking,  especially at Top Park, because everyone sits so close to each other, it could really divide the atmosphere, it breaks up groups, conversations. If there was a designated spot for them to smoke where it could affect nobody but themselves.

When do you think a person becomes an adult and how?

I don't think it matters about age, when they take their own responsibilities, make their own appointments, travel, that's what makes somebody a mature adult.

What do you believe in?

I believe in a verbal community where you can say anything and express yourself and talk it out and not resort to those terrible things - war, violence. 'Cause if you don't speak about things it builds up and you end up hating the person way more than you have to.

What has been the worst experience in your life?

The second time my mum kicked me out was the worst. She dropped me off at the car - I had heaps of stuff with me because I just came back from a camping trip and she said 'Get out of the car, don't call me mum.' I didn't understand - made me resent others in authority, teachers or friends, because if I don't understand that's what happens.

What would you like to change in the world?

In a very broad aspect - authority. Just because somebody is trying to teach me why should they control everything I think - put the ideas out there, let me grab them, but then use them for my own good.

What's important in a relationship?

Trust. The person I want to be friends with or a boyfriend - I want to have very inviting energy and makes me feel safe.