AIME is french for ‘love’. It means mentoring, equality and fairness and when we started, the words that were sketched out were, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience.
AIME started in 2005 in Sydney Australia, with 25 year 9 students from Alexandria Park Community School near Redfern who were joined by 25 volunteer student mentors from the University of Sydney.
Students are able to attend once their school enters a partnership with AIME. Schools are then responsible for getting their students to and from the university campus on AIME program days.
AIME is not compulsory for students from partner schools to attend, rather, they self-select into the program.
Indigenous Corporation Number (ICN) - 7040
Australian Business Number (ABN) - 31 081 797 652
Impact of AIME
Each year we gather program attendance and participation data for each student and we also track their progress through high school. We do this in collaboration with schools, contact teachers, students’ families and community networks.
Since the first year of the program teachers, schools and the students themselves have offered anecdotal evidence in relation to increases in student attendance and participation in class, and also on student changes in attitude to education after attending AIME.
We compare AIME student transition and progression rates with the data available for the same or a similar cohort of Indigenous and non-Indigenous who do not participate in the AIME program.
We also compare our year 12 completion and attainment rates with other Indigenous and non-Indigenous year 12 students nationally.
In addition our students are surveyed for research purposes, for example, in relation to their educational goals and life aspirations. See our reports.
Partnering with AIME
We have a couple of ways you can make your donation.
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Donations
If you prefer to donate via your bank account, please use the following AIME bank details:
AIME Donations Account
Account No: 13817526
Donating by Cheque
If you would like to donate by cheque, please make your cheque payable to: AIME Mentoring and post it to:
PO Box 3093
Redfern NSW 2016
If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, please include your name and either an email or postal address, so our accounts team can issue the receipt once your donation is received.
Yes they are. AIME is a registered charity and endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR).
This means that every donation over $2 is tax deductible.
82% of your donation goes directly towards delivery of the AIME program on the ground. 18% is spent on AIME support staff.
All money we spend, whether on staff or program materials, is carefully considered and monitored to achieve the best possible outcomes for the kids we work with.
Volunteering at AIME
Mentors attend program sessions on campus, where they provide mentoring support to our high school student participants.
They are partnered with small groups of students and together they work through session activities, which are facilitated by AIME program staff.
Mentors can also choose to be involved in Tutor Squads, where they travel with other Mentors to selected partner high schools to provide academic and tutoring support to students, outside of school hours.
From time to time we have special events and activities where we need help from our supporters to make things happen.
We generally post details on Facebook or let our Friends know any volunteer opportunities that may be coming up. The best way for you to find out about general volunteering with AIME is by following us on social media or head here to sign up to be an AIME Friend.
A number of research projects have been conducted on various aspects AIME.
You can access links to collaborative research, independent research and various reports here. We will be making more of this content available on our site soon.
Speaking and Media Enquiries
We have an enquiries form here, please add as much detail as you can into the form and one of our staff will be in touch to discuss your event further.
You should also use the form if you would like to invite our CEO to an event.
Currently we have 9 directors (6 male and 3 female) and 9 members (6 male and 3 female). The majority of our directors are also members.
We have 5 Indigenous directors and 5 Indigenous members.
As an Indigenous corporation, the Board and the organisation report to the Office of the Registrar of Indigenous Corporations (ORIC). Our Indigenous Corporation Number (ICN) is 7040.
Please email the AIME Board Secretary: firstname.lastname@example.org