Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) Program

In 2008 the AIME Indigenous Corporation formed a partnership with the University of Sydney, Faculty of Health Sciences and Yooroang Garang Indigenous Student Support Unit. This formal partnership commenced on 6 February 2008 and was based at Yooroang Garang on the Cumberland campus.

AIME is a four year mentoring program designed to use mentoring relationships between university student mentors and Indigenous high school students to create a culturally sensitive program which will increase school attendance and retention for Indigenous high school students and increase the number of Indigenous students progressing to University study.

There are three streams to the AIME program:

The Year 9 Interactive Program - the basic concept is engagement through creative interactive workshops, which relate to school-based topics. This program forms our base to increase student attendance.

The Year 10 Leadership Program - driven by an ethos of self-development with workshops focusing on honing academic skills together with sessions on how to deal with the real challenges that students face every day.

The Year 11/12 Tutoring Program/Homework Centres - students in year 11 and 12 receive one on one tutoring at school homework centres. Year 7-10 students attending the homework centre will work with mentor in small groups.