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Mr Jack Manning Bancroft

Jack Manning Bancroft is the Founder of AIME, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience. In 2005, then a 19-year-old uni student, Jack founded the AIME Program with 25 Indigenous kids in Redfern. At 22 Jack became a CEO. In 2015 the organisation will support 4500 Indigenous high school students and has over 2300 University students lining up as volunteers, with 100+ staff working across the nation to bring the promise of Indigenous success to life. It’s now proven that Indigenous kids who complete the AIME program finish school and transition through to Uni, employment and further training at almost the same rate as every Australian child – effectively closing the gap.

Jack was named the 2010 young Australian of the Year. He is also an Australian Human Rights medalist. In 2016, Jack was made Australia’s youngest Honorary Doctor by the University of South Australia in recognition of his highly successful national program to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth.

Jack is a graduate of the University of Sydney and Stanford University and is also a published children’s author. Jack is a Imagineer, an Artist and a Doer. 

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