Want to get more out of your university experience?
Want an experience where you will learn as much as you give?
We have an opportunity for you!
The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) provides a dynamic educational program that gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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 kids finishing school. AIME also connects students with post Year 12 opportunities including further education and employment. We believe that Indigenous = Success and expect all kids in the program to succeed.
We run two programs in Adelaide. Our Northern suburbs program takes place at UniSA's Mawson Lakes campus, while the other regions take place at UniSA's City West campus. The program consists of 7 x 2 hour sessions over the year, exploring everything from identity, to art, drama, or writing a speech as though the student is the first Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Prime Minister of Australia. We celebrate with a full day session and celebration at the end of the year.
In addition to the structured programs at the UniSA campuses, we also run Tutor Squads at a number of schools in our program. The aim of Tutor Squads is to provide extra assistance to our mentees through homework help and extra-curricular activities.
'When I began mentoring I was apprehensive and unsure of what to expect. However by the end of my first session I fell in love with the program. The students have been great to work with and I always left with sore cheeks as they continually made me laugh and put a smile on my face from ear to ear. It was amazing to build up such a rapport with the students and it warmed my heart when they asked "will you be with us next year?" Not only did I feel I was helping them on their life journey but they helped me on mine. The tasks that I helped them complete during outreach sessions also gave me the time to reflect on my life, and students are very inquisitive and honest and will ask anything which always made me have a hard look at myself and put into perspective the important things in life. I would really encourage everyone to join in and mentor with AIME as I promise you that not only will it be a rewarding experience but also a lot of fun. I hope to always continue to be involved with AIME in some way or another because I truly believe it is an important cause and one we should support.' - Fern, AIME Mentor.
"Being an AIME mentor is an absolute privilege. You go into it thinking you're going to kick ass; teaching young people and being a listening ear to them. Although there is an element of this, my experience has been that these kids teach us mentors LOADS! I have learnt that young people can be more courageous, hilarious and kind than I ever realised. It is because of this that I highly recommend getting involved. What have you got to lose?! Nothing! But you have heaps to gain, believe me." - Katie, AIME Mentor.
How to Apply
The AIME program starts in May 2017 and applications are now open. To register your interest as a 2017 AIME Mentor, please go to aimementoring.com/be-a-mentor, or email our Program Assistant, Selina Miller at email@example.com for more details.
For all other enquiries about AIME at UniSA, please contact our Centre Manager, Rhian Miller, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0437 189 249.
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, I am also undertaking my third year of studies at University to purse a career in Primary Education. If you'd like to get in contact, my email address is email@example.com
Anthony Wilson (Program Manager)
Hi, my name is Anthony Wilson and I am a proud Indigenous man from different language groups within SA and also the NT; which are the Ngarrindjeri, Narrungga, Kaurna and Arrente countries. I was born and raised in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia and have a sporting background which saw me drafted at the end of 2014 to the Adelaide Football club. I am now currently playing with the Norwood Football Club in the South Australian National Football League. I have always been passionate to give back to my community and close the gap in education between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth and the rest of Australia. I now find myself with that opportunity through AIME, to assist our Mentees and ensure that they transition through their schooling years onto university and/or successful employment and further training. I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Wimshurst (Program Manager)
My name is Erin Wimshurst and I am stepping up into the position of the Program Manager for the Northern Program. I began my journey to AIME in 2015 when I was the 'Mentor of the Year'. Last year, I became our Data and Ops, Mentor Manager, Program Assistant and Snack Provider. Whilst working full-time at AIME, I am also currently undertaking a double University degree in Social Work and Indigenous Cultures and Australian Society. I am extremely excited to be working alongside our incredible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders of tomorrow. If you would like to get in contact, my email address is email@example.com
Echo Soldier Wolf (Mentor Leader)
Hello, my name is Echo Soldier Wolf; I am Northern Arapaho from the Wind River Indian Reservation, Wyoming, in USA. As my mum is Australian, our family had the opportunity to move clear across the world to further myself and my brother's education whilst experiencing a new culture. I graduated high school (2014) in a small country town (Mount Beauty, Vic) and moved to Adelaide when I was accepted into UniSA to study a Bachelor of Arts (Indigenous Cultures & Australian Society). I started studying and mentoring at AIME in 2015 & quickly fell in love with it. After 2 years of mentoring voluntarily I am now a Mentor Leader for AIME at UniSA. As a First Nations person, I am very eager to work with, assist and learn from the Indigenous youth in Adelaide. I am excited to continue to grow and learn.
Selina Miller (Program Assistant)
Hi, my name is Selina Miller and I am the Program Assistant for AIME SA. I'm the first point of contact for mentors and I help co-ordinate sessions and assist the Program Managers. I completed my Bachelor of Social Work at UniSA in 2013 and have worked across the homelessness sector and with youth at risk, focusing particularly on the power of education. I'm passionate about reconciliation and empowering young Indigenous Australian people to achieve their full potential.
Tyrell Sinclair (Mentor Assistant)
Hey, my name is Tyrell Sinclair and I'm a proud Aboriginal man, my background includes two different tribes, one being Ngarrindjeri which is located along the Coorong and my second tribe being Yorta Yorta which is located in Victoria (small town, Shepparton). I recently finished my year 12 schooling at The Heights where I was previously an AIME student. My goal is to see more young Indigenous youth passing year 12 and following their dreams, if I can impact the students at AIME and help them through their schooling it'll make me feel much better about myself knowing I'm giving back to my community.
Find out more about AIME, including the annual reports and the clothing range, via aimementoring.com