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Former USU Convenor in Young Australian of the Year Finals - 24 November 2009

Former University of Sydney Union Convenor, Jack Manning Bancroft is on the shortlist for the Young Australian of the Year Awards, for his work in Indigenous education.

Bancroft headed the Indigenous portfolio at the USU in 2005, and that year also established the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), a project that is helping hundreds of Aboriginal high-school students in NSW achieve the best from their schooling. Jack’s vision was celebrated that year, with the USU awarding him the prestigious Leadership and Excellence Award.

Bancroft’s mission is to encourage Indigenous students to stay on to year 12, and aspire to tertiary education. In the few years since setting up AIME, Jack’s succeeding in his mission. AIME now incorporates 40 schools and five Universities across the state.

The USU has proudly supported AIME since its inception, providing on-campus office space and supplies for Jack and his team to operate out of.

At 24-years-old, Bancroft’s amazing positive contribution to the community has more than earned him a place among the 2009 Australian of the Year finalists.

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