AIME stands for the Australian Indigenous Mentor Experience, but don’t let the name fool you: they’re launching in America next week. Heaven knows we need all the help we can get these days. CONVICTS interviewed AIME founder Jack Manning Bancroft about his transition from cricket to service, how the benefits of mentorship go both ways, and finding truth in helping others. Watch the video and check out the press release below to learn more about good people doing good things.
Australia Charters Plane for US College Students to Change the World
Global Educational Movement Launches Today Across US
20,000 Disadvantaged Kids Set to Receive Mentoring Overnight
After 15 years lifting Indigenous Australian kids out of inequality, award-winning global mentoring program AIME launches its cost-effective, scalable and proven brand of mentoring in the United States for the first time.
Fifteen Australian university presidents, ten CEOs, and two Governor Generals have signed a joint letter urging the U.S. education community to pay attention: “It’s not every day an idea comes across your desk that can change the world….We’ve found a solution to ending inequality for the most disadvantaged kids….and we want to share it with you.”
For its historic U.S. launch, AIME is offering scholarships to 200 college students to found their own on-campus AIME chapters, each of which will support 100 disadvantaged high school students in their communities. All scholarship winners will be flown by chartered plane to Australia to take part in an immersive, five-day-long mentoring festival. Students will train intensively with experienced AIME leaders to learn how to run a model of mentoring that connects deeply with kids and heals local communities.
“This means 20,000 kids overnight will have university students standing by their side,” says AIME CEO Jack Manning Bancroft, who founded the organization as a 19-year-old university student. “I know young people can lead. I want to give those tools to the next generation across the world so we can fight inequality at a scale and speed that very few educational interventions have ever done. AIME was set up as a proven, cost-effective solution to ending inequality and creating lasting change.”
Global Ambassadors of AIME include Patrick J. Adams, Taylor Schilling, Uzo Adubo, Yael Stone, Troian Bellasario, Adrienne C Moore, Jackie Cruz, Ian Thorpe, Swati Mandela and Kate Mulgrew.
After AIME launched in South Africa, Swati Mandela said, “My grandfather always said that education for all of our children was the best way to end inequality in our world. We all bear a responsibility to change the poverty, unemployment and inequality. AIME inspires everyone in the education space to achieve this.”
“AIME is not only mighty, it is crucial,” says actress Kate Mulgrew. “It has the power to knit the entire global community together through education, and endorses mentorship in the best possible way. It will lift, it will deepen, it will transform.”
AIME is a 15-year-old global nonprofit organization that creates lasting mentoring bridges between universities and high schools. For Indigenous Australian kids ages 18-25, only 40% are employed or attending university or further training. For non-Indigenous 18-25 year-olds, that number is 75%. AIME graduates have closed that education and employment gap, achieving more than 75% for the last 6+ years. Manning Bancroft, who has been recognized for his work with numerous awards and was the youngest person in Australian history to receive an honorary doctorate.
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