Back in 2012, year 11 student David Bruton-Duroux decided he'd take the one-hour trip to Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour to check out a program.
It was AIME's first year working with Grafton High School, and for David, this meant stepping into a room packed with other Indigenous kids and university student mentors. On that first day, a shy kid stood up to share his dreams: David told everyone what he hoped to achieve in the next 365 days.
Fast forward one year, and David became Grafton High School’s first Indigenous School Captain. By the end of the year, David became the second person in his family to finish high school.
“It's a goal of mine to be a role model for Indigenous people in my community"
This year, David was accepted at the University of Canberra studying Politics and International Relations. He packed up his life and moved almost 10 hours' drive away from his family and friends to pursue his dream of going to university. And in a neat twist, he's now working with AIME as a Program Manager Assistant, inspiring the next generation of kids.
David said: "Being a mentee with AIME changed my life. I wasn't going to go to university or finish Year 12. AIME taught me that Indigenous equals success and it's also helped me realise that I want to help close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
“It's a goal of mine to be a role model for Indigenous people in my community, but also for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people across Australia. AIME is helping me reach that goal."
Our Foundation proudly supports AIME, a dynamic educational program that helps Indigenous students achieve at the same rate as their peers.