Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience

2014 finalist

Category A – incorporated organisations


“At AIME we are committed to making the seemingly impossible come to life, to imagining new futures. We are committed to being relentlessly positive in our pursuit for a better country for us all.” – Jack Manning Bancroft, AIME CEO

The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) provides an innovative mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to support them through high school and into university. Beginning in 2005 with just 25 mentors and 25 mentees, AIME is now the largest education support service for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students in Australia.

The program is growing from strength to strength. In 2013, 59 of the 220 AIME students who completed Year 12 successfully transitioned to university. Many others commenced further education, training and employment with AIME’s support.

With a mentoring program that instils confidence, belief and the skills necessary to achieve, AIME is helping Indigenous students take control of their own future.

“AIME is an innovative and effective organisation, it devotes a lot of energy to fostering and nurturing young Indigenous leadership and achievement. It is a creative entity in many ways.” – Mick Dodson, IGA Chair