Every year over 400 Indigenous people are better educated as a result of the AIEF, Microsoft and Barhead solutions.
The main story are the benefits to those individuals fortunate enough to receive the help of both the AIEF and Microsoft via Barhead Solutions. Both corporates should be applauded and Microsoft should be recognised for being a catalyst to provide an improved AIEF service. There are other stories of value to Microsoft`s corporate social responsibility. They are often untold and we intend to help present their CSR so they can incorporate ethical values into their marketing as they have done overseas.
For some people, Year 12 is a distant memory. For others, it’s remembered as a period laden with academic pressure. For many, it feels far less significant than what comes after – a degree, a first job, and the career path that follows.
It remains a pivotal moment in the lives of many young people. The Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) knows this all too well, with evidence showing that completing Year 12 has a major impact on the future prosperity of Australia’s young people. Not just their job prospects, but also their health and wellbeing outcomes.
Motivated by this reality, AIEF works to ensure that more Indigenous students get an opportunity to complete Year 12, and the AIEF provides support to ensure a successful transition from school. Since foundation in 2008, AIEF Scholarships have changed the lives of hundreds of Indigenous students including people from some of Australia’s most remote communities.
One such student is Ella. Growing up in a single parent household, Ella dreamed of becoming a doctor. After receiving an AIEF Scholarship to attend boarding school in Adelaide, she took full advantage of the opportunities afforded to her. Ella graduated as Deputy Head Girl, spoke at her Year 12 graduation ceremony and has been admitted to study medical science at the University of Sydney. She hopes to become a paediatric surgeon, specialising in Indigenous youth health.
In addition to supporting Ella during her secondary studies, AIEF has assisted her as she made her move from South Australia to Sydney. The organisation tracks and monitors her progress to ensure she’s getting all the support she needs to make the transition as smooth as possible, and will continue supporting her through to graduation and beyond.
From working with just one student in 2008, AIEF today supports around 450 secondary and tertiary scholarship students each year, and a network of over 600 alumni, from more than 400 communities, partnering with about 30 educational partners and in excess of 200 mentors.
“It’s about providing students with not only scholarship funding, but the additional support they need to help them make a successful transition from school to university or employment,” Andrew Penfold, AIEF Executive Director, says.But AIEF’s growth and its students’ success has brought new opportunities and challenges to the business. These include greater demand for its scholarships and mentoring services. In order to meet the needs of more families and communities, and drive further improvements to how it works with students and volunteers, AIEF decided to upgrade its system to improve fundraising, mentor communications, student case management and take its reporting process to the next level.