Transparency

A core value of BYTE is transparency. Therefore, we have set up this page to provide access to important information about the organization.

BYTE is a Registered Charity and therefore, detailed information about BYTE’s finances are available via the Canadian Revenue Agencies website.

 

Financial Reviews

Each year, BDO Canada performs a detailed review of BYTE’s financial reporting. You can view these reports here:

2016-17 Reviewed Financials

2015-16 Reviewed Financials

2014-15 Reviewed Financials

2013-14 Reviewed Financials

2012-13 Reviewed Financials

2011-12 Reviewed Financials

Policies and Procedures

BYTE’s full Policy & Procedure Manual can be found here: BYTE Policies & Procedures Manual May 2015

By-Laws

BYTE has recently produced a new set of by-laws, and these have been finalized through a vote at the General Meeting on Jan. 18, 2016. You can take a look at those by-laws here.

Board of Directors

BYTE is privileged to have a diverse and experienced Board of Directors, who provide valuable guidance to the organization. It includes experienced youth-workers, professionals and young people from the Whitehorse community.

Our 2018-19 Board members are:

Kara Johancsik – secretary

Shea Newnham – co-chair

Dave Blottner – treasurer

Adria Collins – secretary

Lindsay Raftis

Carly Rudolph

Felicia Bailey-Cashin

History

In 1998, Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE) began to surface out of Yukon’s need to have a organization with youth ideas, plans, and initiatives at its core. Supported by the PAYY Coalition (Positive Action with Yukon Youth), a group of energetic youth decided to put together the first Yukon Youth Conference. It was a major success. The group reassembled later in the spring to form BYTE to plan for more conferences and to publish copies of Toxic Blend, a ‘zine made by and for Yukon youth. Since day one, BYTE has been an organization that is driven by and for youth in the North and one that celebrates their talents!

After several years of organizing successful Yukon Youth Conferences, we started to turn our attention to youth who weren’t making it to Whitehorse for the conference and in 2007 Community Tours were born! Community tours still make up the most important part of what we do today: bringing relevant programming to youth in their communities and truly meeting them where they are at! To do this, we regularly poll Yukon youth on what issues they face, want to learn more about and take action on. Then we create programming surrounding these outcomes.We regularly poll Yukon youth on what issues they face, want to learn more about and take action on. Then we create programming surrounding these outcomes.

In recent years, the BYTE staff team has created experiential workshops ranging from safer partying to healthy relationships, we have recruited and trained an on-call youth facilitation team to deliver the workshops in schools and rural youth centres in the Yukon, Northern B.C. and the Northwest Territories and we are always looking to add new, exciting workshops to our roster!

In 2014, we made another big change and we changed our name from Bringing Youth Towards Equality (BYTE) to BYTE – Empowering Youth Society! The change not only reflects some of the new things the organization was doing but also honours that the young people who make up this organization and the young people we work with don’t need to be brought anywhere – we are already where we need to be! At BYTE – Empowering Youth Society we aim to give youth space for their ideas, passions and to practice the skills and strengths they already have.

Lastly, as we come up on celebrating 20 years of BYTE, we want to recognize all the energetic, enthusiastic youth who have shaped and directed the organization. We have been lucky to have so many talented and passionate individuals work here. Each staff offers a new set of skills which allows us to reach out and connect with a larger number of Yukon youth. Each staff has also brought new and exciting projects and workshops to our organization such as MOVE!, Leaders in Training and This is Our Arctic. We can’t to see what the next 20 years bring!

Press releases are distributed periodically via email to BYTE’s list of media contacts. If you would like to be included on our mailing list, please contact us at communications@nullyukonyouth.com.