Reality Changers believes that college changes everything. That's why Reality Changers helps low-income youth become first generation college students and guides high-performing 12th graders to the nation's top colleges.
The mission of Reality Changers is to transform lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates.
Our vision and ultimate goal is to create universal access to college, one community at a time.
Since the program’s inception, program graduates have earned over $140,000,000 in scholarships to attend institutions such as UCSD, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, NYU, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCLA (among other top-25 institutions), including 29 Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients. Major Achievements Reality Changers has received many accolades over the years.
Here is a snapshot of notable achievements:
- Reality Changers was named Outstanding Nonprofit in 2016 by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce
- Reality Changers' graduates have now earned over $140,000,000 in scholarships from all sources.
- Reality Changers has awarded over $6,000,000 in scholarships to low-income students from San Diego.
- 29 Reality Changers graduates have earned a Gates Millennium Scholarship.
- At one of eight meetings, former US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan described Reality Changers as "a model for the nation."
- Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox wants to adopt Reality Changers' programs in Mexico because he believes that, just like Reality Changers keeps youth from joining gangs in San Diego, those same strategies can be used to keep youth in Mexico from joining drug cartels.
- San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten has called Reality Changers “the gold standard” when it comes to solutions that work.
- Reality Changers is the only nonprofit to be included in UCSD's Chancellor's Associates Scholars program, which awards an extra $10,000 per year to Reality Changers students attending UCSD for their bachelor's degree.
-2016- started College Town program in Juvenile Hall
- 2018 - First international exchange program through Academic Connections
- 2018 - 11 out of 12 inaugural class of PATHS scholars were RC students
501(c) 3 non-profit.