Welcome to BYTE!

BYTE is a ‘by youth, for youth’ organization that focuses on empowering and promoting youth throughout the Yukon and Canada’s north. Our mission is to unite youth to strengthen youth voice, take action, and bring about positive change for the wellbeing of everyone. Our facilitation team travels to communities throughout the Yukon and to some areas of Northern BC and NWT to deliver innovative and relevant programming to northern youth. We also host events and workshops in Whitehorse that foster creativity, culture, and sport. Everything we do is about helping youth to develop confidence, skills, openness, and a sense of belonging.

How the Fair Elections Act affects youth: an opinion piece
April 10th, 2014Featured, News & Events Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

Are you a young person who votes or is hoping to vote one day? You might want to start sorting out your paperwork now. Even though our next federal election doesn’t take place until October 2015, the federal government’s new Fair Elections Act could affect how easy it is for youth to vote.   If […]

LIT Project Coordinator Elias Park’s last week!
March 19th, 2014Featured, News & Events Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

Whether he’s running around doing last-minute catering for our Leaders In Training (LIT) Conference or advising the BYTE staff as to which car they should buy next, Elias Park has been a great asset to the BYTE team for the past four months. As Elias’s position comes to a close, we wanted to make sure […]

This Is Our Arctic photography exhibit featured in Arctic Image Festival!
March 11th, 2014Featured, News & Events Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

This Is Our Arctic, a collection of photographs of climate change taken by youth in Old Crow and Inuvik, has been on the move! After exhibiting in Whitehorse for almost a month, the photographs travelled to Inuvik at the end of February. There, the youth we visited last October had a chance to show off […]

Youth leaders rise up during our second annual Leaders In Training Conference!
February 18th, 2014Featured, News & Events Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

On Saturday evening, Community Outreach Coordinator Tanyss Knowles, Whitehorse Outreach Coordinator Allison Furniss, BYTE Facilitator Natalie Sands, LIT Coordinator Elias Park, and I collapsed in our seats. Exhausted from a three days of facilitating our second-annual LIT Conference, we could barely raise our heads to talk to each other, but when we did, we could […]

Events, travel, conferences…AND training?
February 12th, 2014Featured, News & Events Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

Phones ringing, endless meetings, and evening events…it’s our busiest time of year at the BYTE office! Whitehorse Outreach Coordinator Allison Furniss and Community Outreach Coordinator Tanyss Knowles have been booking up fast with workshops, conferences, and tours that will keep them running for the next few months. That also means we’ll be calling on the […]

Battle of the Bands raises the bar yet again!
February 4th, 2014Featured, News & Events Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

Was this year’s Battle of the Bands the best yet? With everything from hip-hop, rap, and electro-house to pop-punk, folk, and alt-rock, all played to an amazing standard by young Yukon musicians, it may well have been. We were awestruck with the quality of music that filled Mount Mac’s Grey Room last Friday night. If […]

Why youth are at the heart of the Peel protest
January 30th, 2014Featured, News & Events Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

If you haven’t heard the latest on the Peel, here’s the lowdown: on January 21, 2014, the Yukon Government released its land-use plan for the Peel Watershed. The Peel River Planning Commission, which was formed in 2011 to gather public opinion, showed overwhelming support for protecting the region, and recommended that 80% of the Peel […]

Battle of the Bands Lineup Announced
January 22nd, 2014Featured, News & Events Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

Drumroll, please! The lineup for this year’s Battle of the Bands on January 31st has been decided. We were overwhelmed with so many amazing submissions this year and had some tough decisions to make, but we’re confident that this year’s lineup is going to blow you away! It just goes to show that the music […]

Youth Photography Exhibit ‘This Is Our Arctic’ Launches in Whitehorse
January 13th, 2014Featured, News & Events, Uncategorized Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

When the BYTE team came up with the idea to do a photography workshop in Old Crow and Inuvik in order to capture climate change through the eyes of youth, we talked briefly about the possibility of putting together a photography exhibit with the youth’s photographs, but decided to wait to see the results before […]

Global Citizenship in ConneX Conversation
December 24th, 2013Featured, News & Events Kara Johancsik 0 Comments

Being a good global citizen isn’t easy to do, but it’s something we all need to work towards.   That was the message that Scott Bradley and Natalie Sands hammered home Thursday night at our fourth BYTE ConneX event. At Christmastime, it’s easy to forget the effects that our consumption has on others. But with […]

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