With o-week underway, The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) has released its new iPhone app for students across the country.
By
Tara Callinan

Source:
NITV News
27 Feb 2014 - 5:31 PM  UPDATED 27 Feb 2014 - 5:38 PM

The AIME Mentor Application will inform new university students on upcoming employment and education opportunities.

The AIME program say the app is an effective way to engage with tech savvy, Gen Y students.

National Presenter Adam Hansen says the app encourages students to get involved with AIME and engage with Indigenous Australia.

“We want to work with just on 1,500 university students this year to connect with 3,500 Indigenous kids. And by 2018, we want to work with 10,000 Indigenous kids. So we’ve found that this app is the best way to engage university students,” said Mr Hansen.

AIME is linked with over 15 universities across the country and mentors are currently busy recruiting students and building awareness around the program.

“During o-week across our university sites across the country, we’ve got o-weeks stalls, functions, we pitch in lectures,” said Mr Hansen.

AIME’s latest study revealed that the year nine to university progression rates for AIME students was 22.1 per cent, nearly six times the national Indigenous average of 3.8 per cent.

Mr Hansen says mentors will not only advocate for the completion of tertiary study but also encourage employment.

“Leadership and mentoring, it’s been a part of our culture for years and years. Our elders have passed on knowledge to our young people so in turn they can do the same thing generation, after generation, and we just want to continue that and we want our mob out there to realise that to be Indigenous is to be successful and you can go on and do whatever you want to do,” said Mr Hansen.

The app is available for download on all tablet devices and has had over 2,000 visitors since its launch on Monday.