UC Santa Cruz MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement) Schools Program prepares educationally disadvantaged students for success at four-year colleges or universities, helping them graduate with math-based STEM degrees. Nationally recognized for its effective academic-development program, MESA has helped thousands of students from low-income backgrounds become scientists, mathematicians, and engineers since 1970. Targeting historically non-college-going communities, the program's classes and activities typically take place at a participating school after class or through elective courses held during the day. Led by MESA Advisors—science or math teachers—these classes help students develop leadership skills, gain confidence, and improve their educational performance. And when not working on projects for a MESA Day competition, participating students get to attend college campus tours and field trips to such STEM havens as the California Academy of Sciences.
National Geographic named the Sierra High Route through the Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides one of the best American adventures and the company itself one of the best outfitters. Frommer's and USA Today recommend the company for tours of Yosemite National Park, as do many others. More than 600 Facebookers are fans of Southern Yosemite Mountain Guides.
Like a 9-11 dispatcher or magic-8 ball, Dr. Amer is available 24 hours a day to help solve his patients’ problems. He works around his patients’ busy schedules to straighten their crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites using clear Invisalign retainers and Damon System self-ligating braces.
Until 1970, Doug Warbrick and Brian Singer ran one of hundreds of Australian surf shops vying for attention in a highly competitive market. Both avid surfers, they realized that too many companies supplied boards while too few manufactured wetsuits. So they bought a small house and a pre-World War II sewing machine, then cut up rubber from the floor to weave into prototype designs that they test-piloted themselves. Rip Curl was founded on the principles that, "Rip Curl is a company for, and about, the Crew on The Search." The company bases its foundation on the guiding concepts that the products they make, the events they run, the riders they support and "the people they reach globally are all part of the Search that Rip Curl is on" .
Now made with the duo's own Elastomax and SlickSkin technology, the wetsuits are one of many Rip Curl items designed and distributed in more than 60 countries around the world. Though products such as handcrafted custom boards and tide-tracking wristwatches retain the company's ties to surfing, the business has since expanded to gear and accessories for boardsports that include snow, skate, and wake. Rip Curl also continues to foster the boardsport community with Rip Curl Pro competitions throughout the globe and sponsored teams of top surfing, snowboarding, and wakeboarding athletes.
At Minorsan Self-Defense & Fitness, the team of instructors share their wealth of knowledge to equip students with real-world self-defense skills, but their classes also focus on fitness. They also branch out into dance-based Zumba, kickboxing, and BodyPump––a class that mingles weightlifting with upbeat music. Kids are welcome, too, with martial arts programs that instill them with leadership skills.
Weightlifting can be tricky if you don't know the proper lifting techniques. Fortunately, budding fitness enthusiasts have the coaches at Santa Cruz Strength to lead the way. The experienced team of powerlifters, strongmen, CrossFitters, and other fitness professionals teach and motivate clients during an array of fitness classes such as the Barbell Club, for those interested in Olympic weightlifting, and The Athlete Hour, a strength and conditioning program for junior-high and high-schoolers. As you'd expect from a gym with such a focus on lifting, the facility boasts an array of heavy-duty equipment, including those planet statues that Atlas carries.