Indigenous program changing lives one mentor at a time

March 4, 2013

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The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) is expanding to Western Australia and is looking for student mentors from Murdoch University and the University of Notre Dame Australia.

Created by Indigenous youth for Indigenous youth, AIME is a dynamic educational program with a proven track record for providing Indigenous high school students with the skills, beliefs and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers.

AIME Program Coordinator Vicky Burrows said the program’s success was reflected in both participant feedback and hard numbers.

“Indigenous students who take part in AIME are progressing at almost the same rate as their non-Indigenous peers. This includes our 2010 AIME Year 12 students boasting a completion rate of 100 per cent,” Ms Burrows said.

She said the intangibles were remarkable, with AIME providing mentors with a unique and personal insight into Australian Indigenous Culture and history.

“For Indigenous mentees, the program is all about building aspiration and self-belief by focussing on goal setting, respect, developing public speaking skills and hearing from Indigenous role models,” Ms Burrows said.

“For mentors, many of whom are non-Indigenous, this is a chance to get coaching/mentoring experience, develop interpersonal skills and interact with Indigenous Australians on a personal level.”

Ms Burrows said AIME had grown from 50 participants in 2005 to more than 3000 participants in 2012 across 16 universities and five states.

The new Murdoch and Notre Dame program is looking for 80 to 100 mentors from the Southern Suburbs across a range of subjects.

Mentors undergo training and have the option to take part in the 13-week program at Murdoch in May (one to two hours/week) or a four-day intensive course at Notre Dame.

They can also join the Tutor Squad, which goes into schools to do academic tutoring.

Get involved by contacting Vicky on or 0429 012 758.

To watch Australian Story’s episode on AIME, go here and click on AIME ON AUS STORY.

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