With predictions already running rampant, anticipation for the 2015 Hottest 100 is hitting its peak. The voting is set to open Thursday, 10th December, but this year, you’ll notice the voting booths are a little different.

In the lead up to the launch of the latest Hottest 100, triple j have announced a new partnership with AIME, a mentoring program that supports Indigenous kids through high school and into university, training, and employment.

AIME has a track record of proven success in closing the gap in educational outcomes. Last year, 93 percent of AIME’s Year-12 kids completed school, exceeding Australia’s non-Indigenous rate of 87 percent and the national Indigenous rate of 59 percent.

As part of their partnership with triple j, fans voting in the Hottest 100 will have the option to make a donation to AIME after voting. You can also raise money via a gold coin donation at your Hottest 100 party.

You can also donate to AIME anytime throughout the Hottest 100 voting period. Donations from triple j fans will help AIME reach 10,000 Indigenous kids by 2018. The campaign also marks the first time the Hottest 100 has done a formal fundraising partnership.

Australia’s national youth broadcaster has previously done fundraising through the Hottest 100 by encouraging listeners to make a gold coin donation at their Hottest 100 parties, raising money for national emergencies like the Queensland floods.

“For over 10 years we’ve seen thousands of uni students walking with us to see Indigenous kids finish school at the same rate as every Australian kid,” said Jack Manning Bancroft, AIME founder and CEO. This generation is standing to lead us to a stronger future.”

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“To help supercharge this show, we welcome triple j listeners to the AIME family. Every listener who donates some cash, rocks an AIME cap as a symbol of Indigenous success or signs up to be a mentor is supporting us to work with more kids. We hope they know this will change our country forever.”

“We’re excited to be able to use one of triple j’s most wide reaching platforms to give young Indigenous students a leg up, as well as give more people the chance to have a meaningful connection with Indigenous Australia,” added Meagan Loader, Acting triple j Manager.

“We’re proud to be able to use the popularity of the Hottest 100 and the power of our audience for good.” The annual triple j Hottest 100 countdown for 2015, as voted by you, is set to kick off on Tuesday, 26th January.

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