PYBM News November 2021

Would you like us to do a Planet Youth Info Session for your school or group?

Planet Youth Blue Mountains is an international community-based project that aims to improve the wellbeing of young people, strengthen their social environment and protect them from alcohol and drug use.
Planet Youth conducts regular in-depth research with young people to understand their attitudes, behaviours and social environment so there is a wealth of insight and information to share that can help parents and schools support young people to live their best lives.

If you would like us to organise a session to share this information and start a conversation in your community, online or face-to-face, we’d love to hear from you!

Did you know, teenagers actually do listen to their parents?!

The Planet Youth survey of nearly 400 Blue Mountains Year 10 students revealed that what parents say about drunkenness and cannabis use has a direct impact on their teenager’s substance use. Students who believed their parents wouldn’t care if they were drunk, were twice as likely to have been drunk in the past month. And those who thought their parents wouldn’t care if they used cannabis were three times more likely to be cannabis users. There is a lot parents can do to protect young people from substance use. Find out more

Planet Youth Poster Competition Winners Announced! 

Thank you to everyone who entered the PYBM design competition! We received wonderful entries from
talented young people across the Mountains and one from overseas to remind us of the global impact
of Planet Youth! Congratulations to our three winners: Stephanie from Mountains Christian College, Thomas from St Columbus and Hayley from Blaxland High; and our Highly Commended recipients: Tamsyn and Callie from Winmalee High. We look forward to sharing your creativity as part of Planet Youth BM.

Join the PYBM Parents & Carers Facebook Group…

If you would like to learn more about Planet Youth and connect with other Blue Mountains parents and carers about how to support your pre-teen or teenager’s wellbeing, please join the Planet Youth BM Parents & Carers private Facebook group. You can also find out more about Planet Youth at and follow Planet Youth BM on Facebook @PlanetYouthBM and Insta or get in touch with us to organise an info session for your school or community group.

What’s On

◐ Parent & Community Info Sessions available

◐ Parent Information booklets & PYBM speakers available for School Info Sessions

◐ Planet Youth Blue Mountains Student Survey # 2

Call for Young Designers

Create a Planet Youth poster & get paid for it! 

Planet Youth Blue Mountains would like to use three exciting posters designed by young people for a new campaign. Planet Youth is all about helping young people live their best lives and that’s what we’d like our posters to show. So who better to design them than you!

The theme for the poster design is: “Living our best lives.” 

Your poster design should capture whatever this means to you. Designs must also feature the words “Planet Youth” but these words can be a minor element of the design if you like.

Three designs will be selected for the campaign and designers will receive $100 for their work. 
  1. Read the brief above and the fine print below, then design your poster
  2. Take a good quality photo and/or save your design as a high res jpg
  3. Complete the entry form online at
  4. Submit your entry by 11:59pm Monday 4 October 2021

Entry is open to all young people of high school age up to 25yrs in the Blue Mountains. Posters must be A3 size and can be created with any media including digital art. All elements must be original; no element can be subject to someone else’s copyright. Designs must not feature any inappropriate or offensive content. Any people featured must give written permission for their image to be used by Planet Youth BM..

PYBM News August 2021

What is Planet Youth?

Planet Youth Blue Mountains is a community-centred project aimed at preventing alcohol and drug use amongst young people by strengthening the social environment they grow up in.

Planet Youth works by focusing on the things that help protect young people from substance use. It is about understanding their attitudes and behaviours, and then it’s about supporting parents, carers and communities to work together to find positive ways to reduce risk of substance use by strengthening ‘protective factors’.

Planet Youth began in the 90s in Iceland as a local initiative. Over the next 20 years, Iceland changed the game. They went from having the highest rates of substance use amongst young people in Europe, to having the lowest. Planet Youth is now being adopted by communities all over the world. The Blue Mountains is one of five pilot sites for the program in Australia.

Did you know?

The Planet Youth research highlighted a concerning level of substance use amongst Year 10 students in the Blue Mountains. But it also revealed that there are a number of things we can do right now that have been proven to reduce substance use amongst young people. Find out more about the survey findings at  

Planet Youth activity is ramping up in the Mountains.

The local Planet Youth project is now established and about to ramp up. The Blue Mountains City Council has appointed a dedicated Planet Youth Project Officer and a number of community organisations are actively working on the program. The focus now is to tell more people about the program and support parents, carers, schools and the broader community to start working together to strengthen the key protective factors that prevent substance use and make a positive difference to the lives of our young people.

A dedicated local website and social media pages have now been launched so people can learn more and connect with the project. The second survey will be run in local high schools later this year to help us understand more about our young people and what we can do to help them avoid substance use so they can live a full life.

How can people get involved?

The power of the Planet Youth approach is in the community. It is all about people learning, connecting and taking action together. As a first step, people can learn more by going to the Planet Youth Blue Mountains website and follow the Instagram and Facebook pages. There will be information sessions and community conversations held online and face-to-face (when possible), and we hope to see local groups forming that people can join. But the most important thing people can do now is just start a conversation.

What’s On


◐ PYBM Website Launched

◐ PYBM Social Media Launched

◐ Poster Competition Open

◐ Confirmation of Survey #2


◐ School-Parent Info Sessions

◐ Community Info Sessions

◐ Poster Winners Announced

◐ Year 10 Student Survey # 2