The impact of AIME’s unlikely connections to date is summarised below.
The impact of our global work can be tracked ongoing via our case studies published each week in the Blog, monthly we update the Unlikely Connection Counter, annually we produce our Knowledge Project book to review the insights and impact from the network.
We also engage with external researchers to go deep and wide into the ecosystem impact of this network of unlikely alliances.

THE CHALLENGE

We faced a previously intractable problem, on a national and a global scale, which years of effort and millions of dollars had not been able to solve.

The challenge of INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE in Australia, and zooming out worldwide, the challenge of EDUCATIONAL INEQUITY.

In the face of this problem, we set out to design a solution that was scalable, cost effective and focused on unlocking the joy of learning through the magic of mentoring and the power of imagination.

All powered by UNLIKELY CONNECTIONS.

THE SOLUTION

We set out to solve this problem with people’s time, not money. We chose to unlock youngsters’ minds with imagination, not incentives. We declared that the student who others thought was the problem, was in fact the solution.

We called on a generation of university students to rise up as mentors and build the stage for these youngsters to lead. We re-engineered structured mentoring and unlocked University students at scale in Australia and worldwide to mentor high school students experiencing marginalisation so we can rewrite the narrative and create a fairer world.

And in parallel, we created a whole new world, called IMAGI-NATION, with its own {TV}, Media, Apparel, Stock Exchange, Meeting Place, etc. for the youngsters to lead.

THE IMPACT

  • 25,000+ Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students achieving educational parity & excellence.

  • 10,000+ University students rising up to build the largest volunteer movement in Australia and now the movement is spreading at scale internationally, with reach in 52 countries.

  • Every $ invested into AIME returns $8.9 social impact, equating to ~$1.17 Billion worth net direct impact to the economy (KPMG, 2018).

AIME Research Partnership
Economic Evaluation of AIME Mentoring
HARVARD CASE STUDY

AWARDS

2019 TOP 50 ORGANISATIONS IN EDUCATION GLOBALLY
2020 UNESCO’S GLOBAL EDUCATION COALITION
2021 FAST COMPANY’S WORLD CHANGING IDEA IN EDUCATION

The AIME Classroom

Award-winning journalist and human rights campaigner, Jeff McMullen got together with a group of AIME mentors and alumni to chat about their experiences with the program and what they gained from it.