A celebration of NAIDOC Week and community service

A celebration of NAIDOC Week and community service

1 year ago

In NAIDOC Week, St Paul’s College celebrates the significant role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and men serve in our community, and recognise work that our students, either Indigenous or from other diverse backgrounds, do to progress the welfare and success of Indigenous Australians.

Currently several members of St Paul’s College actively volunteer in the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) program that provides a mentoring experience for Indigenous school students who aspire to study at tertiary level.

25,000 Indigenous high school students and 7000 university students have participated in AIME, making it the largest volunteer movement of university students in Australian history.

AIME, which now runs mentoring experiences across the country, was founded by a member of St Paul’s College – the Young Australian of the Year (NSW) and Young People’s Australian Human Rights Medallist for 2010, Jack Manning Bancroft.

Jack founded AIME in 2005, aged just 19, while a student at St Paul’s. Jack graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communication) in 2007. He is also a graduate of Stanford University.

In 2016 Jack received an honorary Doctorate from the University of South Australia, the youngest recipient of such an award in Australian history.

From 2009 to 2016, the AIME Board was chaired by another member of the College, Geoff Lovell (St Paul’s 1985–89). Geoff is currently Deputy Head of College.

St Paul’s is proud of its connection with AIME, and all of the work that our students do with like-minded organisations, but recognises there is still progress to be made to improve access for Indigenous Australians to tertiary opportunities.

The Sharp Indigenous Scholarship, The Foundation Indigenous Scholarship and the Glendonbrook Foundation have allowed the College to support three Indigenous students to pursue their studies while resident at St Paul’s College this year.

St Paul’s provides approximately $1,000,000 in needs and merit-based scholarships every year.

The College is only able to provide these opportunities due to the generous support of its benefactors through our Annual Giving campaigns, major gifts, and bequests.

Sir Richard Branson chats with Jack Manning Bancroft in May 2013.  (AIME Website)