Become an AIME Mentor and help close the educational gap

28 June 2021

University student mentors are encouraged to walk alongside Indigenous high school students to help close the educational gap in Australia.

Earlier this year, the UQ AIME Presidents took time out to enjoy a night out at the NRL Indigenous Round Broncos-Storm match at Suncorp Stadium, as guests of UQ Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) Professor Bronwyn Fredericks. L-R Talya Bolge, UQ Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Engagement) Professor Bronwyn Fredericks, Denise Yamaguchi and Keely Perry.

AIME is a program which seeks to increase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university participation. The program is led and supported by a team of UQ student mentors.

“AIME has had impressive results in terms of outcomes and success for program participants,” says one of UQ’s AIME Presidents, Denise Yamaguchi.

“This is your chance as a UQ program mentor to be the change you want to see in the world. Are you ready to write the next chapter and act for a fairer world?

“You can express an interest in becoming an AIME mentor and be involved in our UQ program school visits.”

The AIME program is available to UQ students thanks to the generous support of UQ alumnus Simon Fenwick and the Fenwick Foundation. Simon is a Founding Partner of US-based International Value Advisors and a UQ Endowment Fund board member. He has a strong commitment to creating new opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and future leaders.

The current UQ AIME Presidents - Talya Bolge, Denise Yamaguchi and Keely Perry - have been hard at work with the important task of fully implementing the program, so AIME mentors can branch out into a range of schools.

After a disrupted 2020 program due to COVID-19, this year has been a chance to build a legacy and long-term partnership between AIME and UQ.