MORE than 70 Indigenous students from around the Bega Valley have completed a special mentoring program today.
The first Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience program for the Far South Coast was held in 2013 at the University of Wollongong’s Bega campus.
The local AIME program involved Year 9-12 students from schools including Bega High School and Lumen Christi Catholic College.
Among the mentors were University of Wollongong students.
The program was launched in May and four AIME mentoring days were held in 2013.
Students had to attend at least one of these days to graduate.
AIME program manager for the South Coast Stephen Mitchell presented students with a certificate of completion this afternoon.
Mr Mitchell said he was proud of the students.
“It’s amazing to see so many kids come through the program,” he said.
“To see the growth in each of them, it’s a credit to themselves.”
Bega High School Year 10 student Cheyanne Cotter said she had benefited from the AIME program.
“The best part has been learning so much, it’s inspired me,” she said.
“There was so much positive interaction and I have gained a lot of confidence.”
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