Meet Jedda

Remember her name, you may be hearing more of her in the future.

Jedda, who comes from a big Indigenous family in Victoria's north, is a passionate and determined young woman who grew up proud of her Aboriginal heritage. She enjoyed her studies at school but she longed for a greater connection with other Indigenous students.

Through her community Jedda heard about the work the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) was doing to help support Indigenous students through high school. She lobbied her teachers to bring the program to her school.

Jedda credits the AIME program, and other great mentors in her life, with helping her succeed at school.

She's now studying journalism at Melbourne's RMIT University and has found the transition to university a seamless and enjoyable one. Thanks to AIME, she feels prepared. "I'm taking responsibility for my own learning and I'm more independent", she says, adding that "going to uni has opened up so many doors for me already and has given me perspective on what I want to achieve in the future."

For Jedda, that future includes more Indigenous faces in the media, sharing the positive and truthful stories from Aboriginal communities, which is one of the reasons why she chose to study journalism.

Jedda is the first in her family to go to university and is grateful to those who paved the way for her to do so, like her grandmother who began her first year of schooling at age 14 and in that year won an award for her outstanding academic excellence beyond her years. Jedda is proud of where she is today and recognises that without her past she wouldn't be the strong young woman she is now.

"Being Aboriginal shouldn't be an excuse to fail, but rather a reason to succeed" said Jedda, who is already a role model for the younger children in her community.

Thousands of Indigenous students from all over Australia, just like Jedda, are achieving, thanks to AIME. Their dynamic education model is proven to help Indigenous students finish high school at the same rate as their peers.

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