Roundup Reel: Week of Sept. 12

September 16, 2011 | By Liza Casabona | Post a Comment

Here’s your weekly roundup of stories and announcements you may have missed.

  • This week the Census Bureau reported an increase in the number of people living in poverty in the U.S. The poverty rate jumped to 15.1 percent in 2010 from 14.3 percent in 2009, the highest level in almost 30 years. That means nearly 1 in 6 American were living in poverty last year. The Center for Law and Social Policy ran three commentaries on the figures. Here, here and here.
  • Hampered by higher than average unemployment rates for young people, student loan defaults are rising, and they’re rising fast. Student defaults rose for students at state colleges and universities and for-profit colleges. The Pew Center’s Stateline has a good infographic on the state-by-state data.
  • In the continuing saga that is the debt deal, The Hill reported on partisan lines already forming on the Super Committee and Reuters looked at lobbyists’ efforts to influence the committee.
  • Earlier this month the Washington Post ran an interesting article examining how nonprofits benefit from positioning themselves as businesses.

And on a happier note, proof from the West Coast that bald can be beautiful. A writer in Los Angeles pledged to shave her head for her fiftieth birthday if a fundraising campaign to raise money for a nonprofit that teaches creative writing and communication skills to teen girls reached its $50,000 goal. WriteGirl holds creative writing workshops for teen girls, partners them with a female writer as a mentor and provides college counseling.

The IndieGoGo page for the 50-for-50 Project is worth a look, particularly the quirky video announcing the campaign. The goal was met (actually spoiler alert, it was exceeded) and writer Colleen Wainwright, aka Communicatrix, shaved her head at a live shaving party on Sept. 13. Talk about dedication to a cause. Check out her emotional final video blog outlining how wildly successful the effort was.

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