28 June 2012
RMIT mentors AIME high!
RMIT mentors with AIME staff and high school students on our City campus.
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On 18 June, 25 RMIT mentors helped to deliver the AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) Outreach Program to around 45 high school students on the City campus.
The mentors joined AIME’s CEO, Jack Manning Bancroft, and Jerome Cubillo, Melbourne North Program Manager, to present the program to year 9 to 12 students from Melbourne schools, including sessions on goal setting, teamwork, resilience, study skills and Indigenous culture and art.
The program was a resounding success.
‘It was amazing to be a part of such a historic moment as the kids from the west metro region connected with the wonderful students at RMIT,’ Mr Manning Bancroft said.
‘You couldn't help but look around and smile knowing this was only the beginning, and knowing how strong these young people's futures will be after building on the bonds they created today.’
Addie Walsh, AIME Program Coordinator, was equally impressed by the RMIT mentor’s commitment, as well as that demonstrated by the high school students.
‘I was blown away by the energy and enthusiasm of the Mentors,’ she said. ‘They immediately made the students feel comfortable and constantly gave their all. The kids travelled from all over the west Melbourne metro region - some were on the bus for an hour - so it was pretty awesome to see them reciprocate the enthusiasm of the Mentors and have a go at all the sessions had to offer.’
RMIT mentors will reconnect with the high school students for two more full-day sessions this year. The next AIME Outreach Program will be held on 27 August on the City campus.
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 been proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous kids finishing school, as well as connecting students with post Year 12 opportunities including further education and employment.
To find out more about their impressive work, visit AIME.