The JA Titan of Industry Challenge is a worldwide online competition that begins locally in high-school classrooms. Teams of three or four students use graduate-level computer programs to manage a virtual company, collaborating as they control all aspects of the business, including pricing of goods, production, marketing, research and development, and charitable giving. The repercussions of students' decisions are reflected in regular reports of profit, sales, and market shares. Teams must learn the nuances of competing in a global marketplace to succeed, and the top performing team in each classroom is invited to attend the San Diego County-wide JA Titan of Industry Competition on Friday, December 9th, where they get the chance to win savings bonds, laptops, and an opportunity to compete internationally. It costs the organization $40 for each student to participate in the classroom simulation, including costs for materials and training, and Junior Achievement of San Diego & Imperial Counties would like to sponsor 30 teams of students in the event.
California Wolf Center was founded in 1977 to educate the public about wildlife and ecology, specifically the history and behavior of the gray wolf. Located 50 miles east of San Diego, it houses 19 wolves—five Alaskan gray wolves and 14 of the approximately 358 Mexican gray wolves that exist worldwide. The wolves act as ambassadors for the wild, taking part in educational programs for the public. The center also participates in the Mexican Wolf Species Survival Plan, which aims to help the endangered species recover in the wild. At the facility, wolves live in off-exhibit enclosures that can help retain their natural behavior since some of them will eventually be released back into the wild.
Part of an international organization that aids businesses throughout the Americas and Africa, ACCION San Diego aims to increase income and access to jobs for self-employed men and women. It provides small businesses with microloans that range from $300 to $35,000, which can fund necessities to stabilize growth and help build good credit. In 2011, ACCION presented 98 small businesses with $1.1 million in loans, and continues to focus on helping individuals who are underserved or do not have access to traditional financing. ACCION also hosts free workshops and events to teach business owners new skills in financing, social media marketing, and QuickBooks.
At each of several one-day festivals held throughout the country, thousands of revelers unite in an epic clash of pulp, beer, and live music. Armed with a cache of 300,000 tomatoes, participants don protective bathing suits and goggles and hurl the fruit at one another during a two-hour battle. Throughout the afternoon, live music and costume contests offer an entertaining respite from the front lines, as bartenders dispense drafts of beer to attendees older than 21, refueling soldiers' morale before they resign to writing goodbye letters to their produce vendors back home. All tomatoes used during the event are past ripe and already fated for disposal, making the battle an efficient means of tossing them before their cursed transformation into singing Muppets.