Marram Nganyin Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program | Youth Central

Applications for funding are now closed.

Funding of up to $180,000 over 18 months is available to support up to five Aboriginal organisations deliver local mentoring programs designed and delivered in collaboration with Aboriginal young people.

Message from the Minister for Youth, The Hon. Ros Spence MP:

“Supporting the wellbeing and inclusion of Aboriginal young Victorians is a priority for our state. This important program and the local mentoring projects it supports, seeks to build on the natural mentoring processes that exist in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and combine these with formal structures to further improve outcomes for young participants.”

About the program

Marram Nganyin Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program has been operating in Victoria since 2016-17 providing funding to deliver strengths-based and community-led primary prevention and early intervention mentoring initiatives.

The program supports Aboriginal young people to be healthy and well, to be confident and strong in their identity and culture, and to achieve their goals through education, training and employment. Aboriginal organisations are encouraged to apply to deliver local mentoring programs that are designed and delivered in collaboration with Aboriginal young people. This model recognises that Aboriginal organisations are best placed to understand the needs of Aboriginal communities.

The program name, Marram Nganyin, translates to ‘we are strong’ in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri People. 

Successful applicants will be supported by the Koorie Youth Council, as the representative body for Aboriginal young people in Victoria, to design and deliver their programs.

Each program is expected to mentor at least 15 Aboriginal young people aged 12 -25 years for an 18-month period and provide regular contact between mentees and their mentor.

Service delivery will take place between 1 January 2022 – 30 June 2023.

Marram Nganyin Aboriginal Youth Mentoring Program 2022 funded organisations:

  • Aboriginal Wellness Foundation Ltd (AWF)
  • Willum Warrain Aboriginal Gathering Place
  • Kiilalaana Warrior Kii
  • Strong Brother Strong Sister
  • Winda-Mara

Program resources

Program Guidelines