Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)
AIME’s goal is to work with 10,000 Indigenous kids per year by 2018 and see them finish school at the same rate as every Australian child.
The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) believes in an Australia where Indigenous children finish high school at the same rate as all Australian students.
AIME is an educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to make this happen. By matching Indigenous high school students with university student mentors, AIME successfully supports the students to finish high school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment.
‘An independent economic evaluation conducted by KPMG found AIME contributed $38 million to the Australian economy in 2012. For each $1 spent on the AIME program, $7 in benefits were generated.’
AIME is leading the way in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous education outcomes, a key factor in breaking the cycle of entrenched disadvantage for First Australians. SVA partners with AIME to create a generation of Indigenous young people ready to transition into university, further education or employment.
‘Without SVA being hands on in the trenches with us – helping to build our credibility externally, whilst shaping our operations internally – we simply would never have got to where we are. Thanks for daring to walk with us when so few would.’
Jack Manning Bancroft – CEO, AIME
By continuing to expand into more areas, AIME can deliver its programs and work with more Indigenous young people. Given the stage of AIME’s maturity and established status of the organisation within the SVA portfolio, SVA’s support is less intense than earlier stage ventures. We continue to provide support and network connections as requested from time to time.