Our AIME News Anchorman

Jake Growing Up

By Jake Trindorfer, AIME Anchorman

I remember being a kid, mucking around eating sand, trying new things, starting school. I excelled in sport at school and beyond because I believed I could achieve in this area. I remember looking up to the many Indigenous sports role models within my local community, and in the wider media.

Stories shaped my expectations of what was possible.

I was raised to show respect, work hard, laugh, and have a ‘give it a go’ attitude. I was a cheeky kid in my early years, until some great teachers shared stories with me, opening my mind to new possibilities. Before these stories, I believed my options in life were limited. I am thankful for having great teachers. They were my inspiration when a few years later I enrolled at university to start my training to become a teacher.

University wasn’t easy at first. I never had a computer as a kid, so learning how to turn one on was a big step for me. It was there I met people from all over the world, and as they shared their stories, again I re-imagined what was possible.

Straight after I graduated I was offered a job at AIME, which at the time was a new program. I instantly loved the idea of what AIME stands for: AIME shares positive stories of what is possible far and wide, providing inspiration and with quality support. The result is many people joining together, unlocking their potential and generating a stronger future.

I often wonder how things would have turned out if all those people hadn’t taken the time to share their stories with me.

It is amazing how life pans out... Today as I move around Australia to teach at various AIME sites, I have also stepped into a multimedia role, learning how to use technology to share positive stories.

In the near future, I plan to share positive tales around the country each fortnight on a channel called AIME News. For 3 minutes a fortnight, you can tune in and be involved with these stories.

I am by no means announcing the start of a professional news channel, but what I can say is that I will work hard to give it my best go, to share good stuff from all over Australia, and I hope we can all have a laugh or two along the way. Imagine what’s possible when we keep these positive stories flowing.

If you haven’t subscribed to our YouTube channel, please do so! I’ll catch you there.

– Jake