Australian Story: May 28

Ian Thorpe introduces Monday night’s Australian Story, which profiles Jack Manning Bancroft, a young man who put his big idea into action and is now changing lives around the nation:

This week’s program is about a dynamic young indigenous man who has emerged as one of Australia’s youngest CEOs, Jack Manning Bancroft.

As a seventeen year-old, Manning Bancroft won a scholarship to prestigious St. Paul’s College at Sydney University. He says he was initially angered by the levels of privilege that he witnessed there and conceived the idea of starting a mentoring program to pair privileged kids with disadvantaged kids for their mutual benefit.

It became AIME, the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and it is credited with helping hundreds of disadvantaged kids finish school and go on to university.

AIME has attracted support from some heavy hitters, including Ian Thorpe who helped gain corporate sponsors including Google and Virgin Australia. As comfortable in a hoodie as he is in a suit, Manning Bancroft has been named in Sydney’s Top 100 Most Influential People and became NSW Young Australian of the Year (2010).

In Turning the Tables manning Bancroft is also joined by NSW Governor Marie Bashir; his mother, artist Bronwyn Bancroft; his father, actor Ned Manning; mentors and students including Alicia Johnson who is now studying Arts at Sydney University.

Monday, May 28 at 8pm on ABC1

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