|Established in October, 1995, and now based at 6 Mary Street Hindmarsh, Kumangka is the Kaurna word, meaning 'coming together'.|
Kumangka Aboriginal Youth Service provides a holistic service to 'at risk' Aboriginal young people between the ages of 12 - 25 whom frequent the inner city area of Adelaide. The service focuses’ on youth who frequent the inner city area of Adelaide, are homeless or at risk of homelessness and participate in the unsafe and illegal use of illicit substances and alcohol.
Kumangka aims to:
- Improve the health, safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal young people;
by increasing the number of Aboriginal young people to be diverted from the criminal justice system
- Decrease the number of Aboriginal young people engaging in criminal activity and increase their awareness and ability to make appropriate life choices
- Increase Aboriginal young people’s access to support services including accommodation, health, education and training.
|Street Youth Service
Kumangka's Street Youth team assist underage Aboriginal youth in the city on Friday and Saturday night 9pm - 4pm. The Street Youth Service team also provide mentoring and police liason services.
Kumangka's 'Reconnect' service, specifically caters for Aboriginal youth homelessness and those who identify as being at risk of becoming homeless.
This service is provided throughout metropolitan Adelaide to assist young people aged 12-18 who are experiencing conflict at home, or where the young person has left home in the last six weeks, or is at risk of leaving home.
Kumangka provides recreational and cultural programs for Aboriginal youth during the school holidays. Programs include camps, discos, workshops and cultural outings.