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Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)
What is AIME?
AIME provides a structured educational program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids to access throughout their high schooling experience. Students completing the AIME program are proven to finish school and transition through to university, training and employment at the same rate as every Australian child – effectively closing the gap in educational outcomes. AIME believes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids are born superheroes. AIME just teaches them how to fly.
What is the AIME Program?
AIME is an educational program that supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through high school and into university, employment or further education. Last year, the program connected approximately 4,500 mentees with 1,500 mentors in partnership with 16 Australian universities.
The AIME program incorporates academic and Aboriginal cultural enrichment, life skills enhancement and exploration of higher education and other worthwhile post-school options.
Some high schools will also be offered AIME Tutor Squads comprising Western Sydney University mentors, which will visit the high school once a week to assist high school students with their homework.
AIME at Western Sydney University
AIME has been introduced at Western Sydney University to supplement the University's Pathways To Dreaming Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school student engagement program.
The AIME program focuses on high school students coming onto university campuses for mentoring sessions:
- Years 7 and 8 high school students come onto campus once a year
- Years 9 and 10 high school students come onto campus five times a year
- Year 11 students are involved with three on campus mentoring sessions
- Year 12 students are offered two on campus mentoring sessions Year 12
All mentoring sessions are structured and run from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
Find out more
If you are a current Western Sydney University student interested in becoming an AIME mentor, visit AIME Mentoring (opens in a new window) for more information. You can also email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions you may have.
Alternatively, if you are interested in becoming a Pathways mentor, find out more at Pathways To Dreaming.