Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME)

AIME works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students, ranging from age 12 to 18, to help unlock their potential and passion. They do this by providing:

  • Free academic tutoring, with between 20-30 sessions a year
  • 18 one-hour AIME ‘Theatre of Education’ sessions at university campuses
  • One-on-one career transition support for Year 12 students

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. Students 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 students’ understanding of themselves, their identity, and potential. Tutor Squads occur in one of our partnered high schools and are more highly focussed 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 Kirra-Lee Miller (Centre Manager) at or 0448 448 633


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

Kirra-Lee Miller is a proud Wirangu, Kokatha and Narungga woman originally from Ceduna on the far west coast of South Australia. Her journey with AIME began in 2018 when she became Program Manager for AIME Mentoring in Whyalla, South Australia.

She loves working in a position walking alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students seeing 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. "Everyday is a learning journey that we are constantly growing from and why I believe we can end educational inequality for good." Kirra-Lee is currently based in Whyalla, as the Centre Manager overseeing the AIME Program in South Australia and the Northern Territory. If you would like to get in contact with her, her email address is

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

More Info

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