Coats, blazers, sweaters and cardigans have been left at home this cold winter’s Friday, but employees at the nation’s biggest bank are far from shivering.
To the contrary, CommBankers across the country are feeling toasty warm while looking cool in their retro hoodies designed by the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).
AIME, a dynamic educational program that supports Indigenous students through high school and into university, employment or further education, was formed in 2006. It has since developed into one of Australia’s most impactful youth organisations, with an independent economic evaluation finding that for every $1 invested in the AIME program, $7 in benefits was generated.
National Hoodie Day, which was launched by AIME in 2010, occurs annually during NAIDOC Week (3-10 July 2016) and is all about celebrating Indigenous success.
Commonwealth Bank first partnered with AIME six years ago, with the two organisations currently working on a financial literacy program to be delivered at AIME’s Tutor Squad sessions. Bank employees across Australia have also gotten behind the program, with many teams jumping at the opportunity to don a colourful AIME hoodie.
Sharona Torrens, Commonwealth Bank’s Executive Manager of Indigenous Affairs, said the Bank was a proud partner of AIME, and commended the program for the immense impact its ‘Indigenous = success’ mantra was having.
“We continue to be impressed by the incredible work AIME is doing with young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians,” Ms Torrens said.
“Their educational program is creating opportunities for Indigenous youth to thrive by ensuring they gain the knowledge, skills and support they will need to forge long, successful and rewarding careers.
“We share many of AIME’s goals and are very proud to be able to lend our support to their cause.”
For more information on AIME and to buy your very own AIME Hoodie, visit aimementoring.com.