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. Since day one, BYTE has been involving youth in every step of every project.
Over the years, we have hired energetic, enthusiastic youth who have shaped and directed the organization. We have been lucky to have so many talented and passionate individuals work for here. Each staff offers a new set of skills which allows us to reach out and connect with a larger number of Yukon youth.
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. Our main focus now is community outreach. In recent years, the BYTE staff team has created experiential workshops ranging from safe 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.