Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students encouraged to AIME high

29 August 2013

The 5th, 7th and 9th of August saw a total of 150 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attend AIME's (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) Core mentoring program on campus at the University of Sydney. A total of 25 schools from across Western and Northern Sydney local government areas were engaged as a part of the activities.

Mentors come together and worked with students over the three days on an individual level to build their self-confidence and sense of self and pride in all of the work they do as a part of the AIME core activities.

Mentees in Years 9 and 10 worked with their mentors to think about people who have had a positive impact on them. The students produced artworks that creatively told their own individual stories and also discovered the power of a thank you, writing thank you letter to someone who has been an influential role model in their life.

A unique opportunity for the senior students in Years 11 and 12 was a workshop that was run by the Compass Schools team called 'Promote Yourself'. The Promote Yourself workshop was tailored to the group to include practical tools and information to help students decipher scholarship or job applications. The session emphasised the type of information to include in both academic and employment situations and the important skills students may not realize they possess, that help to make their applications competitive. This practical session was well received by all of those who attended.

AIME provides a dynamic educational Program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous students' finishing school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities, including further education and employment. The program has been operating within the University of Sydney since 2008.

Support AIME at the Sydney Opera House on the 30th August for National Hoodie Day.