Two Aboriginal Mentoring Programs

Two Aboriginal Mentoring Programs
Results of the AIME program.

Founded by Jack Manning Bancroft, AIME is a mentoring program based at universities to build bridges back to local high schools. It began as a way to connect university students with Indigenous students at high school: connecting those with power with those who were being left behind. The plan was that the university students would become mentors and education heroes, but it didn’t take long before the mentees grabbed the education hero title for themselves.

Starting from humble beginnings with 25 students, over 10,000 high school students and 5,000 university students have now been through the program. It's the largest volunteer movement of university students in Australian history.

In terms of disadvantaged high school students, AIME is ending education inequality. In 2016 AIME worked with 6686 young people. The table above shows the outcomes of the 644 Year 12 students that year.

Located in Redfern, the Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation empowers disadvantaged Aboriginal and non-indigenous people by providing specialised training and mentoring programs leading to employment opportunities.

The mentoring program is a grass roots community assistance and referral program designed to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth of all ages. The concept is simple in design. It’s all about forming good habits, guiding by example, acknowledging achievements and including everyone.

Tribal Warrior Aboriginal Corporation mentoring program in association with the Clean Slate Without Prejudice and partnership with the Redfern Local Area Police Command, is making big changes within the community. It is designed to help reduce recidivism rates in the jail population – helping youth to stay out of jail through commitment to the program and learning discipline during physical training. It is so successful local police have reported a decrease of 70% in crime in the area!

The program creates a supportive family environment so that everyone feels at home and is encouraged when milestones are reached. Often mentors and the young people they mentor go on excursions to places of cultural significance and learn the history of certain sites and their heritage.