Empowering young people in Casey with FReeZA funds

Young people in Casey are getting a helping hand to build their confidence and explore creative careers thanks to funding from the Andrews Labor Government.

Spectrum Entertainment, with the City of Casey, will soon receive a grant of $72,000 over three years to empower and support young people with youth focussed music and cultural events and the opportunity for young people to work collaboratively with other organisations, to increase connectivity and generate positive images of young people within the community.

Minister for Youth Affairs Jenny Mikakos announced 77 local government and community organisations from across Victoria will receive funding as part of the $7.2 million FReeZA program, to be delivered over three years.

“Congratulations to Spectrum Entertainment for its successful application to this funding round of FReeZA and I look forward to seeing the program continue from strength to strength,” member for Narre Wareen North Luke Donnellan said.

“Programs like FReeZA open up opportunities for young Victorians in different ways by building skills, creating jobs and supporting young musicians and artists perform in their local communities.”

More than 150,000 young people from across Victoria attend more than 400 FReeZA events every year.

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.

To find out more about the FReeZA program, visit youthcentral.vic.gov.au/freeza.

FReeZA also funds The Push which is an independent youth music and event management organisation, which helps young people organise their own live events.

Young people are encouraged to participate and perform in FReeZA events, but also to get involved behind the scenes to learn skills that may lead to employment in the arts and music industry.

Organising FReeZA activities has given hundreds of young Victorians the opportunity to develop their skills development and workplace experience, so they can go on to gain further employment or education qualifications in similar fields.

“FReeZA is a great way for young people to get hands on experience in setting up events whether it be live music shows, BMX expos or art and short film competitions but also to celebrate their talent,” minister for youth affairs Jenny Mikakos said.