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What is BYG?

The Byg has been designed by young people for young people. Not only is it a fully interactive website that encourages creativity and direct involvement but it also provides young people aged 11 to 25 with information about events, news, activities, services and opportunities available for them across Blaenau Gwent.

Who is The Byg for?

Ah.... that's an easy question. Young people aged between 11-25 living in the Blaenau Gwent area with the aim to provide them information and guidance with regards to what's on offer for them.

How does it work?

Almost all of the articles you’ve read on The Byg were written by a team of young people between the ages of 11 and 25, who also help to run the website. This team is always looking for new members, so if you like the articles you’ve found here and would like to try to write one for yourself then they’d like to meet you. The team meet regularly and everyone is welcome to come along and see how things work - no strings attached!

If you’re not sure if you’d like to be a full member of the team but you’d like to submit an article you’ve written, you can contact us by emailing youth.service@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk and we’ll help you to get your work published for others to appreciate. If you’d like to write an article but you’re not sure how to go about it, let us know and we’ll help you out.

We’re also interested to hear from you if you’re into photography, creative writing, journalism, music, film making or anything you think would make a great addition to the site. We’ll help you to show your work to a wider audience, put you in touch with like-minded individuals, and may also be able to put interesting opportunities your way.

If you like the sound of any of this, get in touch at youth.service@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk and we’ll take it from there!

Background

The site operates within your Ten Entitlements (the rights of young people as set out by the Welsh Assembly Government) and is in line with the European Youth Information Charter.

The Byg is part of CLIConline, the National Information And Advice Service for young people in Wales, which is currently developing and producing similar sites all over Wales.

Who runs it?

ProMo-Cymru in partnership with Blaenau Gwent Youth Service have worked together with young people across Blaenau Gwent to produce this website.

The Blaenau Gwent Youth Editorial Group are directly responsible for content and updating of the site, which is overseen by the Youth Information Worker based in the EVI (Ebbw Vale Institute) in Ebbw Vale.

Who designed it?

Young people in Blaenau Gwent support by Blaenau Gwent Youth Service in partnership with ProMo-Cymru and a creative design company called Burning Red.

What does it want?

The Byg may look epic now but in order for it to stay useful, it needs to be uploaded with current info that is relevant to you! WE NEED YOU to share whatever - news, reviews, creative writing, previews, features, or alternatively use it to spread the word about an upcoming event....simple!

How can I see my writing on The Byg?

Just register and you can start to submit stuff straight away. If you need help, email youth.service@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

What's so great about The Byg?

Well for a start almost all of the content is created, written and updated by young people topics such as on local news, events and services.

The website can be used as a communication tool to enable young people to not only have a voice but express themselves.

And let's not forget how useful the Byg website is at promoting events and showcasing all the talent out there.

One of the coolest features of the website is the 'InfoZone' – the online directory which lists agencies and organisations that provide services to young people across Blaenau Gwent and the whole of Wales.

Finally, The Byg is safe for young people to access as all the content is checked – just to be on the safe side – before being uploaded!

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