Jack Manning Bancroft

Jack Manning Bancroft

Jack Manning Bancroft graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) in 2006. Just two years later he became the CEO of AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience) – a charity initiative he created at the age of 19.
“When we started the program, the feeling was ‘let’s just get in there and try and do something about Aboriginal attendance rates in school,” he recalls. “Then, straight away we had this huge success. It was, ‘whoa, what have we done?’”
As a proud, young, Aboriginal man from the Bundjalung nation in NSW, Manning Bancroft is honoured to have the chance to do something for the next generation of Indigenous people.
“AIME is a mentoring program that partners Indigenous high-school students with Indigenous and non-Indigenous university mentors. We aim to raise the completion rates for Indigenous high-school students in years 10 and 12 so that by 2020, participating students are completing school at the same rate as every Australian child. In addition, we are striving to increase the national university admission rate for Indigenous students so that it is on par with the rest of the nation.”
In 2010, Manning Bancroft began AIME’s national expansion and says “By 2020, we ‘aime’ to be mentoring 6000 Indigenous students across our nation – from Melbourne to Mount Druitt, Adelaide to Alice.” An ambitious task, but he has confidence in the program and has been met with success upon success. Manning Bancroft was awarded the Young Alumni Award for Achievement as well as the New South Wales Young Australian of the Year.
“It really confirms that the work we are doing at AIME is having a hugely positive influence across both the university community, and the state,” he said.
Speaking about his time at Sydney, Manning Bancroft reflects: “I loved learning about philosophy and having the space to think about thinking. Getting the chance to have a world-class education, and the freedom to make an impact on our society will be something I will remember forever.”
Manning Bancroft remains connected to Sydney beyond his undergraduate experience and while his “dream of wearing the baggy green for Australia still burns bright despite the current state of the Australian cricket team,” he says, more realistically he is thrilled to get the opportunity to ‘play for Australia’ every day with AIME.