Jack Manning Bancroft (BA (Media & Comm) '07)

Jack Manning Bancroft

Jack Manning Bancroft, a Bundjalung man from the North Coast of New South Wales, received the 2010 Young Alumni Award for Achievement for his efforts to inspire and advance young Indigenous Australians.

Jack entered the University of Sydney as the inaugural recipient of the ANZ Indigenous Scholarship
Whilst studying at the University, Jack organised the National Indigenous University Games and founded a reconciliation music festival: Indigenous Carnivale. He received sporting awards from St Pauls College, and in 2006 was awarded the USYD Union Leadership Award.

At 19 years old and in the third year of his degree, Jack founded the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), partnering 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous university student volunteer mentors with 25 Indigenous students from Alexandria Park Community School in a pilot Program. Such was the success of AIME that it became incorporated in 2008 making Jack a CEO at aged 22.

In 2010 the Program has expanded into Victoria and Queensland taking AIME to seven universities across three states. Jack's vision is to see 6,000 Indigenous high school students and 6,000 mainly non-Indigenous university students involved in the AIME Program each year.

While Jack is the 2010 NSW Young Person of the Year and has been named in Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People, his role at AIME is where Jack channels most of his energy. He believes that universities can help turn the tide of Indigenous education so that across the nation classrooms will resonate with the message: “to be Indigenous means to be successful”.