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Mentoring program supporting more Indigenous students



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Minister for School Education

Peter Garrett

Mentoring program supporting more Indigenous students

Wednesday 22 August 2012

An extra 900 NSW and Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students will now have access to an expanded mentoring program under the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett said $2.5 million has been awarded to AIME to expand its outreach programs on the NSW South Coast and in South East Queensland to an additional 300 participants per year for three years.

“This dynamic educational program gives Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students the skills, opportunities and confidence to finish school,” Mr Garrett said.

“AIME has already helped many students and we want to help them continue this great work. It’s an investment in the future success of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and shows our commitment to close the gap in educational outcomes between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students by 2020.”

AIME delivers structured mentoring between volunteer university students and Indigenous high school students, through a series of tailored workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions held on university campuses. The program also connects students with opportunities in further education and employment for when they finish Year 12.

AIME CEO Jack Manning Bancroft welcomed the announcement and said AIME is looking forward to continued success.

"AIME Indigenous kids finish school and progress to higher education at almost the same rate as every Australian child,” he said.

“We're excited about getting out and giving more Indigenous kids across Australia the chance to choose a brighter future."

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