What does AIME mean?

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.

When did AIME start?

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.

How do students join the program?

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.

Impact of AIME

Do you measure AIME Program outcomes?

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.

Are program outcomes verified?

AIME program attendance details together with student progression data is analysed and audited by KPMG every year to validate the outcomes of the AIME program.  We publish these findings in our annual reports.

How do you know the AIME Program is having a positive impact?

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


How can I make donation to AIME?

We have a couple of ways you can make your donation.

Head here to make an online 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

BSB: 062000

Account No:  13817526

Commonwealth Bank

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.

Are donations tax deductible?

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.

Where does my donation go?

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.

Can I donate other things to AIME?

We assess donations of equipment, furniture, books etc on a case-by-case basis.  Please use the form here to let us know the details of your donation, so we can follow up with you.

Volunteering at AIME

How do I become a volunteer AIME mentor?

Our mentors are generally students who are enrolled at our partner universities. To find out if applications are open or if we are currently accepting expressions of interest head here.

What do mentors do?

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.


Has any research been undertaken on the AIME Program?

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


Who does the Board report to?

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.