This year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and colleague Naomi Gleit taught a 10-week class on entrepreneurship for 18 seventh- and eighth-grade students at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, according to club director Peter Fortenbaugh. He said students developed their own businesses and visited Facebook to sell their products.
The students weren't the only ones who came away with new ideas. Mr. Zuckerberg, in an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on April 10, said the experience encouraged him to pursue immigration reform.
"One day I asked my students what they thought about going to college," he wrote in the op-ed piece. "One of my top aspiring entrepreneurs told me he wasn't sure that he'd be able to go to college because he's undocumented. His family is from Mexico, and they moved here when he was a baby.
"Many students in my community are in the same situation; they moved to the United States so early in their lives that they have no memories of living anywhere else. These students are smart and hardworking, and they should be part of our future."
Mr. Zuckerberg then announced the formation of "FWD.us," an organization led by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to focus on immigration issues and advocate a bipartisan policy agenda "to build the knowledge economy the United States needs to ensure more jobs, innovation and investment."