REALITY CHANGERS transforms lives, schools, and communities by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance and leadership training to become first generation college students.
+ To advance this mission, we offer COLLEGE APPS ACADEMY, a for-benefit enterprise that serves all students seeking admission to four-year universities.
After working with gang members for five years, Reality Changers Founder Christopher Yanov felt that it was just not right that most inner-city teenagers today know more people who have been shot or killed in the street than people who are on the road to college.
As a response, Reality Changers began in May 2001 with four 8th grade students near downtown San Diego with the hope of building first generation college students. Starting with just $300 to its name, Reality Changers has now given more scholarship awards to college-bound students than any other single organization in San Diego County since 2006 and became California’s leading tutoring program for scholarships in June 2009.
Reality Changers consists of three core programs:
COLLEGE TOWN for selected 8th-11th graders who will become first generation college students
COLLEGE APPS ACADEMY for all 11th and 12th seeking to gain admission to college
ALUMNI NETWORK for all program graduates seeking professional connections and lifelong friendships
Today, Reality Changers’ 500 current members and 500 program graduates have earned approximately $40,000,000 in scholarships. – less