It might be more than a year away but Brayden Leon already has big plans for life after high school.
Inspired by the stories of his mentor Hadley Swan, the 16-year-old has started to put some serious thought into taking a gap year and applying for an apprenticeship.
Brayden met Mr Swan about three months ago through the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience.
The nationwide program began in WA in January and is aimed at achiev- ing equality in education by ensuring Aboriginal students finish school at the same rate as other children.
Brayden and 25 peers from La Salle College in Middle Swan meet AIME mentors every few weeks to discuss things such as goal setting, sport, racism and drugs and alcohol.
Brayden said the mentoring sessions had opened his eyes to all of his options after school.
"I want to get an apprenticeship as a diesel mechanic and I've spoken to Hadley about travelling because he's done it and that's something I want to do as well," he said.
"We also talk about stuff like Aboriginal culture and the parts of Australia that we come from. It's interesting."
More than 350 students from 30 high schools across the State are taking part in the program. The teenagers are mentored by volunteers from Edith Cowan, Curtin and Murdoch universities.
Mr Swan said it was rewarding to see the mentees changing and coming out of their shells as the program progressed. "A lot of them don't really know what they want to do yet, so I just help to facilitate their thoughts and ideas," he said."We just try to make sure they are actually thinking about what they want to do after school and how they're going to get there."