The AIME mentoring program provides a bridge from high school to positive post-secondary pathways — college, training and employment — for disadvantaged youth. Originating in Australia with the goal of helping indigenous youth make this transition, the core of the AIME program involves university student volunteers providing mentoring experiences to middle and high school students in need. AIME provides a six-year, comprehensive School of Life for students aged 12 to 18, attending grades 7-12. The program’s interrelated components include: one-on-one mentoring; exposure to role models via media resources; university campus visits and events; group mentoring; tutoring; and self-actualisation activities.
The AIME mentoring program has been highly effective in Australia, helping indigenous students achieve the same high school completion and post-secondary success rates as their non-indigenous peers. The program’s design allows customisation to meet the specific needs of various cultures.
Our students had a wonderful day and involved themselves with various individual and group activities, including ‘what are my dreams’, ‘how to actualise my dreams’, ‘who can mentor me to actualise my dreams’.