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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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What to Look for in a High School Mentoring Program

A high school mentoring program helps develop critical social skills, encourages academic achievement and provides positive, life-enriching experiences for students all across the country. In its own way, the Reality Changers story of helping disadvantaged San Diego students attend and graduate college is a type of mentorship program for high school students. Whether you live in San Diego or elsewhere in...

College Readiness: The Importance of Preparing For College While in High School

Reality Changers has a history of helping disadvantaged San Diego-area youth realize their college dreams. But much of our success would be impossible without our targeted initiatives and programs that help students with their college preparation. In order to optimize your college readiness, it helps to know what skills are necessary for thorough college preparation. Plus, we’ll show which activities, experiences...

Senior Saturday – Karina Cardenas

Karina Mariela Cardenas attends Patrick Henry High School. She has been accepted to over eight universities, including UC Berkeley, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, SDSU, and UC Santa Barbara. She is interested in studying Criminology or Sociology, and is passionate about working with underserved populations, especially the Latinx community. Karina loves art and nature. She paints and draws. When she moves...

Volunteer Spotlight – Jennifer Coburn

Jennifer attended the University of Michigan with a BA in Communications and has volunteered with Reality Changers for one year. She is a tutor on Wednesday night for our College Town program and advises seniors throughout the college application process. Jennifer also lends her expertise to the Reality Changers communications team.  Why did you get involved with Reality Changers?  I wholeheartedly believe in the transformational power of a college...

Senior Saturday – Alondra Vazquez

Alondra Vazquez attends Valencia High School in Placentia (Orange County). She has been accepted to UC Santa Barbara, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, CSU Fullerton, CSU San Diego, Cal Poly Pomona, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Hope International University. She scored a 1360 on her SAT and a 27 on her ACT. Alondra loves rock and funk—she’s a Red...

Senior Saturday – Melissa Sanchez

Melissa’s nickname is Guerrera (Spanish word for warrior). Her 11th grade English teacher gave it to her, and it stuck. Melissa attends Point Loma High. She has been accepted to Cal Poly Pomona, Chico State, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University, SDSU, and UC Merced. Though she is still waiting to hear from other schools, she has already made her...

Senior Saturday – Jerome Balancar

Jerome Balancer is a Morse Tiger who can run a mile in under five minutes. He is a self-proclaimed science geek… and proud! As a junior, he was selected to attend COSMOS (The California State Summer School in Mathematics and Science at UC San Diego: a rigorous, four-week residential program for talented and motivated students). Jerome plans to study Biology in...

Senior Saturday – Jenine Jacinto

Meet Reality Changers senior, Jenine Jacinto. Jenine is a student in our College Apps Academy program at Mission Vista High School and recently got accepted to Smith College early decision! She will be studying computer science and signed on to the field hockey team. Congratulations, Jenine!...

UCSD & Centro Fox

In July, a new partnership with former President of Mexico Vicente Fox brought 17 students from some of Mexico’s poorest villages to UC San Diego. While there, they joined over 100 Reality Changers students and nearly 300 others at Academic Connections, a three-week residential program where high school students live in college dorms, take college classes, and earn college-level credit. Check...

Volunteer Spotlight – Jillian Dunn

Jillian Dunn volunteers weekly on Thursdays and is a current student at Point Loma Nazarene University. What is your favorite part about volunteering at Reality Changers? My favorite part is working one-on-one with students and seeing them grow from week to week. How has volunteering at Reality Changers impacted your life? Volunteering at Reality Changers has really made me re-appreciate the value of education. I've...