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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 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:

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
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

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: 24 May 2016
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