Two weeks before Mark Zuckerberg was named Time magazine’s “Person of the Year,” The Mercury News reported on Zuckerberg’s intention to donate much of his wealth to charity. I’d like to offer the following suggestions to Mark, and to any other billionaires looking for charity investment ideas.
First, provide for the hiring of a school nurse at every public school in the Bay Area. Among other needs, school nurses can administer insulin shots to kids living with type-one diabetes. School nurses are also in a “front-line"position to help monitor kids’ mental health.
Second, provide funding for one-on-one tutorial services for kids on the Autism spectrum. Our educational system is woefully unequipped to meet the needs of kids (and families) dealing with this growing epidemic. Autism is this generation’s polio. It will take an incredible amount of money and other resources to meet the challenge. Currently, only the wealthiest among us are able to provide for the care necessary to “mainstream” some of these children.
Finally, provide for zero-interest college loans to kids who have been through the foster care system. Many of these young adults lose their sources of funding and support as they reach the age of 18.