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Thank You Thursday: In Da Hood!

My little dog showing off his winter coat

It’s been around since the Medieval Times when monks added a long, decorative ‘cowl’ to their robes to help keep them warm when they were spending long hours in cold, drafty churches, but ‘the hoodie’, it’s fair to say, is now more popular than ever. They’re even so popular they’ve transcended the human race and are now worn by little dogs all over the globe.

And now, they are even being used to help Indigenous students finish school at the same rate as every Australian child.

National Hoodie Day, at the end of this month, is an opportunity for all Australians to throw their support behind the work that Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) does.

An AIME volunteer with two students

AIME provides an educational program that gives Indigenous high school students the skills, opportunities, belief and confidence to finish school at the same rate as their peers. AIME matches university student volunteers with an local Indigenous student and they meet for an hour each week over the course of a 17-week program.

AIME has proven to dramatically improve the chances of Indigenous kids finishing school and now also connects students with post high school opportunities, including further education and employment.

Jack Manning Bancroft founded the AIME Program in 2005 when he was a 19-year-old uni student, with 25 Indigenous kids in Redfern, New South Wales. AIME became an incorporated organisation four years ago and Jack became one of Australia’s youngest CEOs at age 22. He was awarded with the honour of NSW Young Australian of the Year two years later.

Jack and his NSW Young Australian of the Year award

2012 will be the third year for National Hoodie Day and hopes to raise lots of extra funds to help put more Indigenous kids through the program which currently cost about $3,000 per student.

This Thank You Thursday we say congrats to Jack and his team at AIME and wish them all the best for a profitable National Hoodie Day.

See you in the pond,

The Fish Chick.

P.S Jack’s story was recently highlighted on Australian Story. You can view it online here.

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