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REALITY CHANGERS transforms lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates.

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College Apps Academy

College Apps Academy offers counseling and guidance to 12th grade students through the entire college application process including writing compelling personal statements, filling out and submitting college applications on-time, and maximizing financial aid awards and securing scholarships.

Our Team

Our experienced Academy Instructors have helped students gain admission to dozens of the most competitive schools across the country – including Harvard, Columbia, Duke, UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC San Diego. We believe the amount of time and effort a student spends working on college applications directly relates to their overall success in the complex admissions process. Therefore, your student dedicates over +60 hours to the successful completion of all college, scholarship, and financial aid applications while in our program. With our help, your investment of time and money gives your student a greater chance of enrolling in the most appropriate college and succeeding while there.

Tania Azar

Director, College Apps Academy

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined.”

B.S. – Kansas State University

M.S.M. – Baker University

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Bill Fackelman

Account Manager

Being part of transforming the lives of students who are 1st generation and or building the possibilities for students is a vocation for all of us. To make a greater impact on  students education and to help them realize their dreams are real possibilities. I believe everyone has the innate ability to do great things in life.

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Bernabe “Bernie” Cesena Jr.

Academy Instructor

“Born and raised in the City Heights community, I am grateful to have the opportunity at Reality Changers to give back to students whom I shared the same public schools and grocery stores. Their stories remind me that I was once in their shoes with many of the same fears and doubts. Now, as a first-generation college graduate, I take pride in sharing my trial and errors with my students to ensure they grow to become successful first-generation college students and support them with any of their long-term ambitions. “

B.A. – University of California, Berkeley

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Genaro “Danny” Cruz

Academy Instructor

My commitment and passion for working with Reality Changers stem from my background as a first generation college student, who understands the importance of having access to college advice and mentorship for high school students from underserved communities. I enjoy being part of a team that ensures students are being informed and given the resources needed to be successful.

B.A. – University of California, Berkeley
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Tania Azar

Director, College Apps Academy
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Bill Fackelman

Account Manager
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Bernabe “Bernie” Cesena Jr.

Academy Instructor
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Genaro “Danny” Cruz

Academy Instructor
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Gerardo Jaimes

Lead Instructor, Parent Engagement
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Kate Kent

Lead Instructor, Data Management
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Kristen Sessions

Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction
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Rea Concepcion

Academy Instructor
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Gerardo Jaimes

Lead Instructor, Parent Engagement

“Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.”

B.A. – University of California, San Diego
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Kate Kent

Lead Instructor, Data Management

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Kristen Sessions

Coordinator of Curriculum & Instruction

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Rea Concepcion

Academy Instructor

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