Sam Perry

Indigenous youth mentor

Sam Perry

Indigenous youth mentor

Sam Perry works with some of Australia’s most dis­ad­vant­aged – our indi­gen­ous com­munity – focus­sing on get­ting them through school and into fur­ther edu­ca­tion.

In this talk at TEDx­Can­berra 2011, Sam reflects on his work with the Aus­tralian Indi­gen­ous Ment­or­ing Exper­i­ence and how he, a priv­ileged white per­son, com­pletely changed his life to become a part of the work he now does.


At 25, Sam Perry is AIME’s Pro­gram and Oper­a­tions Dir­ector. In 2011 he will over­see a pro­gram that part­ners 1000 uni­vers­ity stu­dents and 1000 Indi­gen­ous high school stu­dents in a one-on-one ment­or­ing rela­tion­ship, across the East Coast of Aus­tralia.

Work­ing along­side AIME CEO and 2010 NSW Young Aus­tralian of the Year Jack Man­ning Ban­croft, Sam orches­trates the deliv­ery of a peer driven move­ment that sees Indi­gen­ous and non Indi­gen­ous Aus­trali­ans in a shared learn­ing envir­on­ment.