The Aspiration Initiative (TAI) aims to increase opportunities and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, helping to ensure they realise their potential and succeed at school, university and beyond.
Launched in September 2011, TAI’s academic enrichment program works with 90 Year 8 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander state school students in NSW, Victoria and WA for 5½ years. The program provides cohorts of students with intensive and ongoing educational support through academic camps (3 a year), tutoring, mentoring, work experience opportunities and other academic resources (for example laptops, books, internet in the home), from the middle of Year 8 until the end of their first year out of high school (over 250 contact hours each year).
As well as academic excellence, we focus on strengthening identity and resilience, and creating a group of students who will support each other through school and further education for the 5½ year duration of the program.
The primary aim of the program is for all participants to successfully complete Year 12 and be eligible for university in 2016.
This video was filmed when TAI NSW students were in Year 9.