The Aspiration Initiative (TAI) is designed to enhance academic achievement for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students, simultaneously paving the way to university.
The aim of the program is for all students to complete high school with the foundational academic skills necessary for engagement and success at university and higher education.
TAI works closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students and their parents and/or carers for six years - from Year 8 through to the end of their first year out of high school. A big part of TAI methodology is engaging, facilitating and supporting families, high schools, and the young person’s community to link together, so that students can reach their full academic potential.
Aurora provides every student with over 200 hours of individualised support each year, including:
As well as academic excellence, TAI focuses on strengthening cultural identity and creating a network of students who will support each other not only throughout high school but also in higher education and then on into their careers.
The program is implemented by skilled Indigenous staff, Elders, mentors and learning facilitators.
This link between cultural and academic enrichment is central to the pedagogy of TAI. Our approach fosters positive cultural identity building and helps to break down negative stereotypes.
This approach has been effective, with an independent evaluation of TAI in 2017 reporting that on completion of high school: