Twelve years ago, AIME was founded by Jack Manning Bancroft, a young aboriginal man with a dream of bridging the inequality gap through education. Bancroft’s incredible drive and vision has seen his charity change the lives of tens of thousands of underprivileged children across Australia and Bancroft himself be awarded Young Australian of the Year.
Shockingly, the average of Indigenous kids in Australia finishing school is 61.5%, with only 42% going on to tertiary studies. Those who receive assistance from AIME are more likely to complete their studies with the numbers at 87.9% and 74% respectively.
Says Jack Manning Bancroft, CEO and founder, AIME: “If we want to change the world, we need to change the way it works. Inequality is an epidemic. The richest 1% of the population have accumulated more wealth than the rest of the world combined. AIME allows everyone around the world to play a part in changing this broken system. Our programs are crafted with the power and resources to improve the lives of millions of people globally. I’ve seen the change for twelve years and have no doubt that this program can and will change the globe. It’s time for the mentors to rise.”
Bancroft’s remarkable dream isn’t just working. It’s changing things for the better. And now, he’s taking his vision worldwide.
The powerful launch film was a year in the making and illustrates the unfair system our world is built upon. The story is set in a giant machine city. The film showcases how the city is designed to favour some, while others become workers in its forgotten engine. The hero of the film realises this unfairness, acts upon this realisation and empowers change.
Says Andy Flemming, group creative director, M&C Saatchi about the film: “In these truly troubled times, it’s humbling to be part of a group of truly visionary people who want change the world through absolute positivity. AIME have taken thousands of kids who were on the path to unemployment, gangs (or worse), and through mentorship showed them the path to a better world. It was their simple vision to heal a broken society that attracted Laurent Witz and his incredible team to the project, and almost a year later, their beautiful film has brought AIME’s mission to life. We couldn’t be more proud of it.”