Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

They Keep Youth on Track

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

They Keep Youth on Track

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Byline: PAUL APPELKAMP paul.appelkamp@northernstar.com.au

TWENTY-five years after it was created, Byron Youth Centre has become as vital to Byron Bay's well-being as any other local institution.

It helps youths through legal, financial and health issues, and simply stated, keeps young peoples' lives on track.

aIt started out as an offshoot of the Byron Bay Community Centre,a Byron Youth Service director Di Mahoney recalled.

aIt went from one worker who had a grant of $16,000 from the government to having a turnover of $700,000 last year.a

Celebrating its 25th year this week, Byron Youth Centre now has 13 staff and 10 to 20 volunteers, and Ms Mahoney said it is athe first port of call for parents and young people who need supporta.

aThere is always a need to support young people because the transition into adulthood throws up a lot of issues, so we're very lucky to have a specific youth facility dedicated to helping them,a she said.

aI can't imagine Byron without it. …

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