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2020 Dawson City Skate Comp

Over Labour Day weekend, Sarina and Abbey drove up to Dawson City to run some workshops and put on the 2020 Skate Competition. We had such a great time on Tr'ondek Hwech'in territory and were received so warmly by the community. Parents and community members were...

Northern Youth Got Talent Wrap-up

This year we hosted the first-ever “Northern Youth Got Talent” competition, virtually on our Facebook page. We asked for media submissions from youth all across the North, in the Yukon, NWT, and Northern BC. We noticed a gap in our events after Battle of the Bands was...

A Statement and Some Anti-Racism Calls to Action

On Friday, May 29th several members of the BYTE team attended the #justiceforregis solidarity vigil in Whitehorse organized by some incredible members of our community (thank you Paige, Asad, Meriya, Antoinette, Annie and Colin).  Since then I’ve been reading and...

#BYTElife update: COVID-19 Edition

We're coming up on four weeks of working from home at BYTE HQ. A whole month, a full moon! One of our staff has borrowed a desk from the office, others have s-l-o-w-l-y converted nooks and rooms as conference/office rooms and so it made sense to write to you a bit of...

YWCA 2020 Think Big! Lead Now! Program Wrap-up

The Think Big! Lead Now! (TBLN) YWCA Canada’s Young Women’s National Leadership Program is an amazing opportunity for young non-binary and female-identifying people to explore their leadership journeys and grow their skills. The program is a collective of online...

Canada Roots Exchange Conference

MONTREAL (Tiohtià:ke which is the Mohawk name)! Home of the Montreal Canadiens, which is my favourite NHL team, and also with the best Montreal Smoked Meat sandwiches. This was the city I thought about living in while I went to school at Mount Royal University, which...

Leadership Fund: Teya Rear

When BYTE turned 20 years old in 2018, we established a Leadership Fund (LF).The LF is $5,000 that youth, 18-25 years old, may apply for until the fund is spent. You can request up to $1,500. This is the second year we’ve granted funds, applications are open for a few...

Take a breather!

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Are you still following them thirty days in to 2020? I don't usually buy in to the new year's resolution thing but after a difficult year of trying to find balance between new anxiety, work, play and overall health I was eager to...

SafeTALK and Keepsafe for the Holidays

The Importance of SafeTALK Holiday Season may be a happy time for some, but for others it is a difficult time. It is important to keep those we love close and to tell them how much they mean to us. In the spirit of the holidays, we have to remember that this time of...

Young Leaders Revolutionizing Mental Health

Hey, it’s me again. I’m here today to share with you a really neat opportunity/network/organization called Jack.org. Jack.org is Canada’s only youth-led mental health charity organization working to revolutionize the mental health landscape. They do this through their...

BYTE + @RUengageX

An ongoing project at BYTE is #YukonYouthWant. Through this we continue listening to Northern Youth, delivering workshops and programming specifically out in the communities and when possible in Whitehorse. (We just wrapped up a series of workshops at Heart of...

BEST LIT MOMENTS

The BYTE team is back with a brand new blog, BYTE is back, tell a friend. BYTE has kept a low profile lately as we were planning for the Leaders-in-Training Retreat and took time after the event to rest. We are currently putting the final touches on our  reports...

2019 All-Candidates Youth Forum

[LINK TO TRANSCRIPTION HERE.]   On August 13, in partnership with Emily Ross and #RisingYouth Community Service Grants, we organized the first all-candidates youth debate of this 43rd election season! If you missed the debate and want to know what candidates from...

#AllIn2019 Highlights

In early June, I was invited by our local Yukon Foundation to attend the Community Foundations of Canada #AllIn2019 conference as part of the national youth delegation. The conference was hosted in the beautiful downtown area of Victoria, BC on the unsurrendered...

What the heck is #RisingYouth?

If you’ve read our last blog post or our team page, you may recognize me. If not - Hey, hi, hello! My name is Abbey and I’m the Program Assistant and Facilitator here at BYTE. Aside from having a blast with the BYTE team, facilitating workshops, organizing youth...

Salaam, Aloha, Bon Voyage, and more

The only constant in life is change and the BYTE office sure has been changing it up and preparing for more these past three weeks with one staff on maternity leave, another departing in June, and yet another transitioning to being a full-time counselor. Part of these...

“Sushi Rolls Not Gender Roles”

Last fall, we were able to help two young people attend the Bridging Gender Divides conference through our BYTE Leadership Fund. After taking some time to reflect, one participant sat down with us to share some of their insights.   Q. In your opinion, what are gender...