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This Week's Facts:

  1. This Month Celebrate Jewish American Heritage

  2. Honor Contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans in May

  3. Deadline Approaches for Potential 21st Century Scholars

  4. This Week Dedicated to Raise Mental Health Awareness

Bureau Releases Data
from Economic Census

The Economic Census takes place every five years. It produces statistics for the U.S., states, metro areas, counties, and cities. The U.S. Census Bureau has begun to release data from the 2012 Economic Census. Here are some places where you can find the answers:

Where is the main 2012 Economic Census page?
What is the schedule for releasing the data?
What are geographies covered for each of the sectors?
What data is being published?
Where and how do I find the data?

For more information, call the Indiana State Data Center at 317-232-3734.

Secretary of State Outlines Risks of Virtual Currencies

In a May 12 press release, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson issued an investor advisory cautioning investors to consider the risks associated with virtual currencies. Some common concerns investors should consider before investing in any offering containing virtual currency include:

  • Virtual currency is subject to minimal regulation, susceptible to cyber-attacks and there may be no recourse should the virtual currency disappear.
  • Virtual currency accounts are not insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), which insures bank deposits up to $250,000.
  • Investments tied to virtual currency may be unsuitable for most investors due to their volatility.
  • Investors in virtual currency will be highly reliant upon unregulated companies that may lack appropriate internal controls and may be more susceptible to fraud and theft than regulated financial institutions.
  • Investors will have to rely upon the strength of their own computer security systems as well as security systems provided by third parties to protect their e-Wallets from theft.

For additional information, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy posted an Investor Alert: Bitcoin and Other Virtual Currency-Related Investments.

Friday Facts Editorial Team:

Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Kim Brown-Harden
Federal Documents Coordinator

Andrea Glenn
State Documents Coordinator

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This Month Celebrate Jewish American Heritage

Jewish American Heritage MonthIn May, we celebrate Jewish American Heritage Month in the United States. The 2014 Proclamation was signed by President Barack Obama April 30, 2014. This year, the Jewish Women's Archive invites you to join us in honoring the legacy of American Jewish women. Discover online exhibits, blogs, current research, and other educational resources on its JAHM website. Learn more at the Jewish American Heritage Month website brought to you by the Library of Congress, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Gallery of Art among others. Connect with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC by exploring its resources for Academics & Research, Educators, and Professionals & Student Leaders.

Honor Contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans in May

Asian-Pacific American Heritage MonthMay is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by Presidential Proclamation. The 2014 theme is “I Am Beyond”: Evoking the American Spirit. It is meant to represent how peoples of Asian and Pacific Islander descent have sought to excel beyond the challenges that have limited equal opportunity in America. The Smithsonian Institute’s Asian Pacific American Center has a number of digital displays and projects celebrating the month featured on its website here. The CDC highlights health initiatives and research here. The Library of Congress also honors the month with events and online exhibits and collections, including the An Alleged Wife: One Immigrant in the Chinese Exclusion Era, By Robert Barde.

The Pew Research Center has devoted a website to The Rise of Asian Americans, where you can find information via current reports, graphics, videos, and interactive maps. The Census Bureau provides more fast facts here, including an infographic on the The Asian Population in the United States.

Deadline Approaches for Potential 21st Century Scholars

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars ProgramSeventh and 8th grade Indiana students whose families meet income eligibility guidelines can apply to become a 21st Century Scholar. Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program began in 1990 to ensure that every Hoosier student can afford the opportunity provided by a college degree. Today, eligible students who keep the Scholar Pledge to excellence in school and life receive a Scholarship to help pay for their college education. The program offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school. In middle and high school, 21st Century Scholars are connected to programs and resources to help them plan, prepare, and pay for college. Once in college, Scholars receive support to complete their college degrees and connect to career opportunities.

The deadline for 7th and 8th grade students to apply for the 21st Century Scholars program is coming up on June 30. Applications must be received by June 30 of the student’s 8th grade year. Students may apply online, or through a local school or nonprofit organization that has agreed to submit online applications on behalf of eligible students.

More details about the program are available here. This information is brought to you by the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.

This Week Dedicated to Raise Mental Health Awareness

National Prevention WeekMany people have ongoing struggles with substance abuse or mental health.  With the stress and pressure of life, people find various ways to cope. Unfortunately, some ways they cope are unhealthy.  National Prevention Week is an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. This observance is an opportunity to join with other individuals, organizations, and coalitions in your community to promote prevention efforts educate others about behavioral health issues and create and strengthen community partnerships.       

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) supports the concept that effective prevention of mental and substance disorders requires constant vigilance and attention. By raising awareness about substance abuse and mental health, SAMHSA emphasizes the efforts of their strategic initiatives. In the summer of 2011, the National Prevention Council announced the release of the National Prevention Strategy, a comprehensive plan to increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life. The National Prevention Strategy emphasizes that prevention should be included in all aspects of our lives-including where and how we live, learn, work, and play - and that everyone has a role in creating a healthier nation.

National Prevention Week is held each year near the start of summer.  Summertime is filled with celebrations, events, and activities where substance abuse can happen. This week is a timed to give schools the opportunity to take part in prevention-themed events before the school year ends, and hopefully raise awareness in students of all ages. The use of marijuana, cigarettes, and alcohol increases among young adults between spring (April and May) and summer (June and July). The timing of National Prevention Week helps to educate them and their families at this crucial time.  For more information and ideas about Prevention Week, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website.

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