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, ‘Theatre of Education’ sessions, and career transition support. The results have been massive, as AIME students have higher average rates of high school progression than non-indigenous students, a huge achievement. Founded in 2005 by a 19-year-old uni student, who is now the youngest ever Australian to receive an Honourary Doctorate, AIME is even expanding to the US.

The goal of the AIME program is to get young students to a point where they don’t need to be in the program, as they're stronger moving on. Proven results and benefits, such as the fact that every dollar spent on AIME equates to nine dollars of benefit to society, demonstrate why volunteering for AIME has impact.

Volunteering at AIME provides kids with belief, opportunities, and the confidence to make the most of life, but also gives mentors fulfillment, networks, and valuable skills development. That’s why AIME has over 10,000 mentees and 3,000 mentors in the program.

 

The Program Model

AIME consists of two models, Program Days and Tutor Squads. Program Days occur at UniSA campuses and seek to broaden the student’s understanding of themselves, their identify, and potential. Tutor Squads occur in the student’s 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.

To register your interest as a AIME Mentor, please go to aimementoring.com/be-a-mentor, or email our Centre Manager, Rhian Miller at rmi@aimementoring.com

For all other enquiries about AIME at UniSA, please contact our Centre Manager, Rhian Miller, at rmi@aimementoring.com or call 0437 189 249.

 

Our Team

Rhian Miller (Centre Manager)

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

In Year 12, I was fortunate enough to be part of the AIME program as a Mentee and since then have transitioned through AIME as a Presenter, Program Manager and now Centre Manager. I am so grateful to be in a position where I 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, I am also overseeing the program in two other states. If you'd like to get in contact, my email address is rmi@aimementoring.com

 
Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera (Program Manager)

Hi, my name is Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera, I am a proud Aboriginal man and my language groups are Kokatha and Narungga. I joined the AIME team here in South Australia after returning home from living in the Gold Coast for 3 years.  I was living there and training as a professional track athlete for 200/400m.

Since being back in Adelaide and working with the team here, I have never been more driven and hungry in wanting to make a change in the education inequality gap between our Indigenous and Non-Indigenous kids. I have found myself doing this still through my sport, but most importantly I have been able to do this through AIME. I want 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. My doors are always open, if you ever want to get in contact with me then you can contact me at tjs@aimementoring.com

 

Kirra-Lee Miller (Program Manager, Whyalla)

Hi, My name is Kirra-Lee Miller I am a proud Wirangu/Kokatha woman originally from Ceduna on the far west coast of South Australia, but have lived in various places across South Australia and the Northern Territory for the past 16 years. I began my AIME journey in 2018 and I am currently the Program Manager for AIME Mentoring in Whyalla, South Australia.

I believe that everyday is a learning journey that we are constantly growing from, which is why I believe we can end educational inequality for good. As an Aboriginal woman I am 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. kmi@aimementoring.com

 

Tyrell Sinclair (Mentor Leader)

Hello, my name is Tyrell Sinclair, I am a proud Ngarrindjeri and Yorta Yorta man. I first attended AIME as a Year 10 student in 2014 at the Heights High School, I then went on to graduate the AIME program as a Year 12 student. After completing high school, I then went on to be a Mentor Assistant, and have now been with AIME for the past two years as a staff member.

I love my job because if I can an impact on the students at AIME, and help them through their schooling, it will make me feel much better about myself knowing I'm giving back to my community and helping our next generation rise to be leaders. You can contact me at tsi@aimementoring.com

 

More Info

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