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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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Visit us at our headquarters in City Heights

Monday - Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Our Mission

College Apps Academy will guide students through the design and delivery of the most compelling presentation of their academic and extracurricular achievements to their colleges or university of choice and increase their overall college-readiness through partnerships with local high schools, community organizations and industry leaders.

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Our Goals

  • Help students search for and gain admission to their top colleges and universities
  • Maximize funding and scholarship opportunities and make college affordable
  • Increase student and family financial literacy  
  • Reduce the stress that accompanies the college application process
  • Develop life skills such as professionalism, networking, time management, independence, and adherence
  • Create more successful college students through our signature College Survival 101 program
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Our Story

Since 2001, Reality Changers has prepared over 1,500 students in San Diego County to become successful college students. Today, Reality Changers’ signature outreach program—College Apps Academy—partners with local high schools, nonprofits, and school districts to offer college counseling assistance to 11th and 12th grade students. Through our unique partnership with principals, counselors, and site coordinators, the  Academy has helped students gain admission to dozens of the most competitive schools across the country.  Our students have earned over $1000,000,000 in scholarships, including 29 Gates Millennium Scholarship winners.

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SPECIALTY PROGRAMS

SUMMER LEADERSHIP CAMP

We offer three-day leadership camp to students in College Town and College Apps Academy during the weekend before the new school year begins.  This motivates all participants to get the best grades possible and help to change the realities and struggles of their past.

UCSD’S ACADEMIC CONNECTIONS

Students who earn a 3.5 GPA earn a $4.000 scholarship to attend UCSD’s Academic Connections, a three-week college residential program where they take real college classes, live in real college dorms, and earn real college-prep units every summer after 9th, 10th, and 11th grade.

JOB SHADOW

Every year, Reality Changers hosts a Job Shadow Week where students have the opportunity to “shadow” and learn from a working professional for a 1/2 day during their spring breaks. Job Shadow volunteers host students at their workplace and show what it is like to have a job in their occupation, share with students the experiences that one would need to get a job in their field, and let students carry out basic tasks.