Building a bridge

Warren Central School will be implementing the AIME Mentoring Program this term and last week the school held an information session for family and community members, before a two day workshop for students.

On the AIME website the program is described as a “mentoring bridge between university and high school. It guides Indigenous students to aspire to finish school, head to university or full time employment”.

The AIME program was founded in 2005 by 19 year old Jack Manning Bancroft, with the intention of connecting university students with Indigenous high school kids. Starting from humble beginnings with 25 kids, over 10,000 high school students and 5,000 university students have now been through the program.

At Warren Central last Tuesday, family and carers were guided through the basic principles of what AIME Mentoring would mean for their children and how they could
be supported at home. They met mentors Jye Doyle and Jacqueline Gibbs, both former university students based in Sydney, who had travelled to Warren at the request of Fleur Stubbs from Barnardos.

Following the community information session, Jye and Jacqueline conducted a series of workshops, with Indigenous students from years 7 to 11 participating on Tuesday and those in years 5 and 6 on Wednesday.

Topics covered included youth empowerment, motivation, stepping out of your comfort zone, finding positive role models, overcoming negative self-talk and setting goals.

Jacqueline and Jye will return next term to conduct more workshops at the school.

(This article first appeared in the Warren Weekly).

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