AIME high with the ASPIRE program at UWA

April 15, 2017

You know what we love about soon getting to launch our own book? We get to share cool things with you guys!

Have you heard about AIME yet? You probably have because their deadly jumpers and shirts have been on some stars on TV lately… or they might have even visited your school.

AIME is working to address some of those issues- access for Aboriginal people to further education so they can contribute meaningfully and to their fullest potential. Basically helping you mob finish school and go to uni so you can get jobs that pay big $$$ and go back to inspire your community! How cool is that?

And you know who runs the program? Aboriginal university students! They are the ones who have had to work really hard to overcome some of their troubles to get where they are. They are the ones that have had to travel from remote locations or be the first in their families to go to uni or have had to overcome racism. And they are the ones that are trying to inspire inspire you, Aboriginal high school students,  by being role-models and mentors to help you see what you can achieve too!Photo of Dale Cox on UWA ASPIRE program in 2014


Carl and I love the AIME program. We got to work with a group of AIME volunteers from the University of Western Australia as part of the ASPIRE program when they travelled to Halls Creek to mentor our year 9 for the past 5 years. The year 9s (who turned into year 10s, 11s and 12s) loved yarning with the AIME mentors to find out about their lives, challenges and how they overcame them. Some of the AIME mentor mob were from remote (one from a town near us in the Kimberley), rural (Broome or Esperance) and city too; some had tough family backgrounds, some were the first to get into uni in their family or town, some  struggled in school too… just like our students! Our mob loved that the same AIME faces came back each year for ASPIRE so they got to know each other and see each others success. When three of our students got into the UWA Bridging Program to university last year they already had friends down there!!


If you haven’t met an AIME mentor yet ask your teacher to get them on board in your school or visit their website for more info…. and while you are there check out the deadly threads in the AIME shop


Our book, Black Cockatoo, follows Mia as she comes to the realisation that she can finally leave her home town for adventure and always land back there safely anytime she needs. AIME shares our message- Aboriginal mob can study at university far away from their home town and land safely back (with a wealth of knowledge to share) anytime they need. Sign up to our newsletter for exclusive news about the Black Cockatoo release and launch party!


Have you been a part of AIME? Tell us what cool things you’ve done with them in your school!


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