Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

AIME works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school kids, ranging from age 12 to 18, to help unlock their potential and passion, through providing:

 

  •  Free academic tutoring, with between 20-30 sessions a year

  •  45 one-hour AIME ‘Theatre of Education’ sessions at university campuses

  •  One-on-one career transition support for Year 12 kids

This is not a one-on-one mentoring model. The program is guided by a curriculum, and all of our workshops happen on both the university and high school campuses, with groups of university students and high school kids together, and a lead AIME mentor helping to facilitate the delivery of the content. Kids in AIME achieve higher average rates of high school progression than non-indigenous kids.

 

The Program Model

AIME consists of two models, Program Days and Tutor Squads. Program Days occur at UniSA campuses and seek to broaden the kids’ understanding of themselves, their identify, and potential. Tutor Squads occur in the kids’ high school and are more highly focused on providing support with their academics.

How to Apply

The AIME program starts in May and applications are open at the start of every year.

Register your interest here.

For all other enquiries about AIME at UniSA, email Rhian Miller (Centre Manager) at rmi@aimementoring.com or 0437 189 249 

 

AIME at a Glance

From 2005 to 2018 AIME has gone from:

  • 25 kids to 10,000
  • One country to three countries (on the way to four)
  • 965 uni student mentors to 3000 uni student mentors

Headlines on the Founder and CEO

  • Jack Manning Bancroft founded AIME as a 19-year-old uni student in the third year of his degree.
  • He's a ‘Young Australian of the Year’ awardee, and the youngest Australian to receive an Honourary Doctorate
  • He wrote a book called ‘The Mentor’ of which the proceeds raised fund our work globally

What are the plans for the next 3 years?

  • Reaching 20,000 Indigenous kids in Australia
  • 20,000 kids in the US by 2020
  • and 100,000 kids worldwide by 2021

Our Team

Rhian Miller is a proud Wirangu, Narrunga and Wangkathaa woman whose journey to AIME is a little different compared to other staff. In Year 8, she moved to Adelaide from Ceduna, a small country town on the west coast of South Australia, because she wanted to pass school and get a good education.

In Year 12, she was fortunate enough to be part of the AIME program as a Mentee, and since then has transitioned through AIME as a Presenter, Program Manager and now Centre Manager. She loves working in a position where she can increase the success rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through their schooling years and onto further career pathways. While working with AIME in South Australia, she is also overseeing the program in two other states. If you'd like to get in contact, her email address is rmi@aimementoring.com

Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera is a proud Aboriginal man whose language groups are Kokatha and Narungga. He joined the AIME team in South Australia after living in the Gold Coast for 3 years, where he was training as a professional track athlete for 200/400m.

Since being back in Adelaide and working with the SA team, his drive and hunger to make a change in the education inequality gap between our Indigenous and Non-Indigenous kids has only increased. He still does this through sport, but most importantly has been able to do this through AIME. He wants to see these kids rise up and break down doors, so that they can then become the leaders of the next generation, and then pass on their own stories and knowledge to the generation below them. His doors are always open, so if you ever want to get in contact with him, contact him at tjs@aimementoring.com

Kirra-Lee Miller is a proud Wirangu/Kokatha woman originally from Ceduna on the far west coast of South Australia, who has lived in various places across South Australia and the Northern Territory for the past 16 years. She began her AIME journey in 2018 and is currently the Program Manager for AIME Mentoring in Whyalla, South Australia.

To her, every day is a learning journey that one is constantly growing from, which is why she believes society can end educational inequality for good. As an Aboriginal woman, she is grateful to have been given the opportunity to work alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids and watch them grow into more confident, successful versions of themselves, so that they can go on to university, employment and further study at the same rate as every other Australian student. If you would like to reach out, you can contact her at kmi@aimementoring.com

Tyrell Sinclair is a proud Ngarrindjeri and Yorta Yorta man. He first attended AIME as a Year 10 student in 2014 at the Heights High School, and then went on to graduate the AIME program as a Year 12 student.

After completing high school, he went on to be a Mentor Assistant, and has now been with AIME for the past two years as a staff member. He loves his job because of the impact he can have on the students at AIME. Helping kids through their schooling fulfils him, as he is giving back to my community and helping the next generation rise to be leaders. You can contact him at tsi@aimementoring.com

More Info

Find out more about AIME, including the annual reports and the clothing range, via aimementoring.com