Wodonga secures Freeza funding to empower young people

A colour run, trivia, movie night and the Push Start competition are some of the ideas Wodonga Council's FReeZA youth committee are debating after securing funding for the next three years.

FReeZA is an innovative youth development program providing opportunities for young Victorians aged 12 to 25 to enjoy musical, cultural, recreational and artistic events that are drug, alcohol and smoke free.

Young people in the community are encouraged to participate and perform in FReeZA events and to also get involved behind the scenes to learn skills for future employment.

In the past 12 months, Wodonga hosted a variety of events including a movie night, FReeZA Push Start, FReeZA Pool Party, Zombie Walk, the Loddon Mallee Hume Skatepark series and Wodonga's Amazing Race.

"FReeZA is a great way for young people to get involved," youth event officer Samantha Lampe said.

"The aim of FReeZA is to increase the positive engagement of young people in Wodonga. We have accessible, safe and inclusive events that are designed for young people by their peers."

Miss Lampe also encouraged young people in the community to get involved with the FReeZA committee to have a say on what events would be coming to the city.

"We always want to hear from young people and would love them to get involved with our committee," she said.

If you are aged between 12 and 24 years and would like to be involved with the FReeZA committee, please contact Samantha Lampe on (02) 6022 9232 or email slampe@wodonga.vic.gov.au.