26 March 2024

Fun fused with future focus as Youth Week returns this April with a stacked program

| Jarryd Rowley
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Wagga’s Youth Week will give the young people of the area opportunities to learn, interact and enjoy activities in circumstances that they normally wouldn’t experience. Photo: Supplied.

The young people of Wagga are set to enjoy a week full of celebration and events focused on them, as Youth Week returns for 2024.

This April, people aged between 12 and 25 will be able to enjoy a packed program of activities including Money Boot Camp, Dungeons and Dragons, a Taylor Swift album launch party and a busking competition.

The City Council’s youth and community development officer Mel Fattore said the annual event was one of the most exciting in the Wagga Wagga community.

“Not only does Youth Week directly represent our local young people and their interests, it also provides them with opportunities to learn for free, access social events to meet and connect with others, and experience fun in their own way,” Ms Fattore said.

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“In 2024, we really wanted to create fun, pop-culturally relevant events and workshops that both excited young people in our community and aligned with their needs.”

Community partners Riverina Community College, PCYC, Kurrajong Recycling, Mission Australia and Anglicare Financial Counselling are returning to provide practical workshops to help young people move through life as more informed and resourceful individuals.

Accessibility and inclusion are key focuses, with quiet rooms available at events including Dungeons & Dragons, and the Taylor Swift Album Release Party.

Venues have also been selected for their accessible parking, wheelchair-accessible bathrooms and functionality.

“Our friendly Community Development Team will be present during all events,” Ms Fattore said.

“Check out our unique program, take note of all our posters around town and be sure to join in the fun. This is an awesome opportunity to see what young people in our community can do!”

Youth Week events include:

Money Boot Camp: Free, with registration required. Thursday, 4 April, and Thursday, 18 April, 5 pm – 6:30 pm, Wagga Wagga City Library.

Busking Competition: Free, with registration required. Saturday, 13 April, 10 am – 1 pm, Myer Storefront, Baylis Street.

Dungeons and Dragons: Tickets $10, bookings essential. Sunday, 14 April, 10 am – 2 pm (ages 18+) and Wednesday, 17 April, 9 am – 1 pm (ages 12-17).

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T-SWIFT ”Tortured Poets Department” Album Release Party: Tickets $10, bookings essential. Saturday, 20 April, 5 pm – 8 pm, Wagga Wagga City Library.

Rent It, Keep It: Free, registration required. Monday, 22 April, and Tuesday, 23 April, 4:30 pm – 6 pm, Wagga Wagga City Library.

Bush Food Treasure Hunt and Food Feast: Tickets $10, bookings required. Wednesday, 24 April, 10 am – 12 pm, Wagga Beach, Riverside Precinct.

To view and book events. visit the City of Wagga Wagga website.

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