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The Panyappi program is a mentoring program specifically for Indigenous young people aged 10-18 living in the Adelaide area of South Australia (SA).
The program aims to reduce the incidence of high risk behaviours and criminal acts, by breaking the cycle of negative behaviours and providing support and opportunities for young Indigenous people whereby self-esteem, identity and a sense of direction in life are developed and monitored by appointed mentors. Key objectives of the program include:
- to intervene in pathways of offending behaviour and bring about a positive shift in each young person's attitude towards offending and in their behaviour
- decrease each participant's contact with the juvenile justice system and/or agencies associated with the juvenile justice system
- promote self-discovery and self-determination by young people participating in the project, their family and the wider community
- work collaboratively with all agencies that have mutual responsibility for resolving the young person's difficulties.
The project is based on culturally appropriate protocols which allow the young people to connect with Indigenous lines of respect to Elders. The project has been evaluated both nationally and internationally.
Abstract adapted from Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth Family Services
Metropolitian Aboriginal Youth & Family Services
Policy and Community Development
Department for Communities and Social Inclusion
PO Box 2240
Regency Park SA 5942
Ph: (08) 8414 8900
Fax: (08) 8414 8902
Haswell MR, Grand Ortega M, Gaskin S (2013)
Case study of the Panyappi Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program: strengths, challenges and implications for policy and practice.
Sydney: Muru Marri, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW
Nancarrow H (2008)
Indigenous family violence prevention forum report, 2008.
Mackay (QLD): Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research
Kambouris L (2008)
Panyappi "younger brother or sister" : Indigenous Youth Mentoring Project.
Paper presented at the Indigenous Family Violence Prevention Forum. 14 may 2008, Mackay (Qld)
Stacey K (2004)
Panyappi Indigenous youth mentoring program: external evaluation report.
Adelaide: Panyappi, Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth Team, SA Department of Human Services
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