AIME high and help mentor Indigenous high school students to success

Published in the February 2016 issue

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Mitchell Kirby was Southern Cross University’s 2015 AIME Mentor of the Year for his enthusiastic contribution to the mentorship of young Indigenous Australians in the University’s footprint.

Mitchell Kirby was SCU’s 2015 AIME Mentor of the Year. Mitchell, a PhD candidate in the School of Environment, Science and Engineering, was recognised for his enthusiastic contribution to the mentorship of young Indigenous Australians in the University’s footprint.

The Southern Cross University AIME program engaged more than 500 Indigenous high school students in 2015, eclipsing the size of the University of Sydney program which was previously the biggest AIME site in the country.

SCU has been an AIME partner since 2009 when the program was first run from the Coffs Harbour campus. Since then AIME at SCU has expanded to three full time staff, six casuals and more than 100 volunteer university student mentors.

Triple j teamed up with the Indigenous mentoring program to present this year’s triple j Hottest 100, the annual Australia Day countdown of the nation’s most popular songs of the year. In the process, $81,000 was raised in donations for Indigenous education from Hottest 100 voters.

So what is AIME? The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) is a mentoring program that helps Indigenous students finish high school at the same rate as non-Indigenous students. Indigenous students who complete AIME’s educational program are more likely to finish school and transition through to university, further education, training and employment at the same rate as every Australian child. Last year 93 per cent of Indigenous students in the AIME program completed Year 12, compared to the overall Indigenous rate of 59 per cent.

A key component of the AIME program is the university students coming on board as mentors and tutors for the Indigenous school students. If you’re a SCU student wanting to catch the wave that is creating real change, become a mentor in 2016. Applications are now open. See aimementoring.com for more information.

Introducing SCU’s AIME team for 2016:

AIME Program Director

  • Pat Orme, 0427 264 812

After heading up the AIME program at the Lismore campus for the past two years, Pat is now the AIME Program Director for the three SCU campuses.

Coffs Harbour campus

  • David Bruton-Duroux, 0400 995 993
  • Casual – Troy Robinson, Ellen Fleeton

Gold Coast campus

  • Taneeka Hyatt, 0423 645 472

Lismore campus

  • Richard Atkin, 0407 097 842
  • Casual – Tom Avery

 

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