Mr. Kristian Goodacre
Communications and Operations Manager, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience
At only twenty-eight, Kristian has already achieved remarkable success during his time working in the not for profit sector. After completing an Arts Degree in Sociology, Economics and HR Management at the University of Sydney in 2005, Kristian spent two-years working for the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect. Seeking a new challenge, Kristian moved to the Northern Territory, where he gained valuable experience working with young people to create safer communities. ‘I've been privileged enough to be surrounded by incredible people from all different cultures and disciplines, who have shared their experience and knowledge with me.’ The relationships he made in the Northern Territory inspired Kristian to take on his next challenge, working as a Communications and Operations Manager at AIME.
Kristian completed the course ‘Motivating and Managing Performance,’ at the University of Melbourne in 2012. The course was perfect for Kristian, as organisational coaching and performance management are the key responsibilities of his role. As an operations manager, it’s his job to lead and support program managers to see the successful delivery of the AIME program. ‘Since completing the course, I have coached my staff one-on-one to grow their coaching skills. This in turn has seen a ripple effect, as volunteer mentors then support indigenous high school mentees to grow in self-confidence, cultural identity and academic ability.’
AIME advocates the belief that knowledge is power, and the same principle applies to people working in the NFP sector. Due to the sometimes under-resourced nature of the field, employee learning is often obtained by on-the-job training and ‘trial and error’ experiences. It’s for this reason that Kristian jumped at the opportunity to apply for a scholarship through ASF. ‘The opportunity to learn from expert academics whilst sharing experiences with peers is unbelievably valuable to my own personal and professional growth and, in turn, my organisation’s development.’
Kristian has a relentless enthusiasm for the NFP division which drives his work. He views his job at AIME not just as work, but as a lifestyle choice. ‘I no longer view it as ‘work’ but as something that gives me a reason to wake up each morning knowing that I’m doing something positive with my life.’ As an educator and facilitator himself, Kristian is a great supporter of the Australian Scholarships Foundation and the work that they do. In fact his only regret is that he didn’t know about them earlier. ‘The ASF have played a huge role in my professional and personal development over the last year, and I truly wish that I had known about them when I commenced employment in the NFP sector all those years ago.’
AIME is a youthful, dynamic organisation providing education-based mentoring to indigenous students. AIME pairs university volunteer mentors with high school mentees, offering students academic support and encouragement. AIME began in 2005 with 25 mentors and mentees. AIME now has 1,000 mentors and 1,000 mentees across 10 university sites. AIME is dramatically improving the chances of indigenous students completing high school and entering university, as well as improving the socio-cultural education of these students. The aim of the organisation is for AIME students to complete high school at the same rate as all Australians, and for 100% of these students to transition to TAFE, University or employment upon completion of Year 12.