For many teenage girls, their sixteenth birthday is one long awaited; a symbol not just of their beginning entrance into womanhood, but also a time to celebrate their day with family and friends in a celebration grander than any other they’ve ever had. For one sixteen year old, however, her Sweet 16 isn’t a chance to indulge and honor herself, but rather take advantage of an opportunity to give to others much less fortunate.
After a trip to Ethiopia, Nubia Wilson of Antoich, California witnessed the extreme poverty that people live in and decided that she wanted to help in any way she could. When family and friends began to ask what she wanted to do for her birthday, she said that she would like them to donate money to the cause of creating a fifth grade in one of the school, which stops at grade four. She created a page on Crowdrise, and has since earned $2,000 of her $10,000 dollar goal and has even caught the attention of celebrities and philanthropists like Tom Rothman.
Wilson, who says that she want to graduate and attend university to become a humanitarian lawyer, hopes to hand deliver the money herself this upcoming summer when she makes a return trip to Ethopia.
For many people, simply having 11 billion dollars and a yacht would be enough. Laurene Powell Jobs has taken a careful look at that money and realized that she needs to use it to make the world better than it was. After the death of her husband, famed Apple CEO Steve Jobs, Jobs has stepped out into the spotlight, and her work has shown that she knows how to use the finances that she has inherited to make a difference in the world around her. From philanthropy to politics, she brings a great deal of verve and grace to the world as she sees it.
Jobs grew up in New Jersey, and from there, she decided to pursue a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. After she graduated, she spent time as a fixed-income trading specialist before working at Merrill Lynch Asset Management. The result was a profound and lasting interest in finance, and from there, she pursued and earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Stanford University.
In many ways, Jobs has always been doing good. She is the co-founder of College Track, where lower-income and minority students are offered the boost that they need to make the transition to college. However, in recent years, she has become more comfortable stepping into the forward running of philanthropic concerns, and as a result founded the Emerson Collective, which offers grants and partnerships to people who are looking into educational reform and human rights issues at all levels.
On top of that, Jobs has recently emerged as one of the top donors for the super PAC Ready for Hillary, which is committed to the presidential campaign of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As indications point towards Jobs taking a more visible space in the race, the question becomes whether she herself will run. She has had a great deal of success influencing policy from her social works, but being a policy maker would be a new step.
There are many different things that she could do, and whether she wants to pursue actual political ambition or to continue making waves in the philanthropic community, it is clear that the way is open to her.