2016 was another year of transformational education and wonderful outcomes for the Indigenous kids participating in AIME across our nation. It was also a year of exploring new evolutionary pathways for the AIME model.
In 2014, there was a 61% growth in mentee participation from 2013, with 4,484 students participating in the AIME program. AIME worked with mentees from 313 high schools and mentors from 16 universities across 29 campuses.
More than 2,700 Indigenous high school students participated in AIME in 2013; twice the number in 2012. This report proves that for the fifth consecutive year, AIME kids have finished school at higher rates than their Indigenous peers.
An independent economic evaluation published Dec 2013 conducted by KPMG found that AIME contributed $38 million to the Australian economy in 2012. The report found that for each $1 spent on the program, $7 in benefits was generated for the economy.
The findings of this research were overwhelmingly positive and indicate the AIME Program is effective in strengthening and solidifying the mentees’ aspirations, sense of engagement, and sense of identity as well as improving Year 12 completion.
2011 was another big year — three new universities came on board and 49% more Indigenous kids connected with the Program. Two successful pilot programs were run, and AIME National Hoodie Day was bigger and better!