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Panyappi program



The Panyappi program is a mentoring program specifically for Indigenous young people aged 10-18 living in the Adelaide area. The program aims to reduce the incidence of high risk behaviours and criminal acts. The project aims to break the cycle of negative behaviours and provide support and opportunities for the young Indigenous people whereby self-esteem, identity and a sense of direction in life are developed and monitored by appointed mentors. 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


Harry Harun
Panyappi Program Coordinator
Metropolitian Aboriginal Youth & Family Services
Parks Community Centre
2-46 Cowan Street
Angle Park SA 5010
PO Box 2337
Regency Park SA 5942
Ph: (08) 8243 5733
Ph: 0432 006956
Fax: (08) 8243 5744

Related publications

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)

Evaluated publications

Stacey K (2004)

Panyappi Indigenous youth mentoring program: external evaluation report.

Adelaide: Panyappi, Metropolitan Aboriginal Youth Team, SA Department of Human Services


Last updated: 30 July 2015
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