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Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Ruelas

Start by telling us a little bit about your experience with Reality Changers. I applied to be in the program and became a participant in 2011 when I was going to be a junior in high school. I was starting to think about college a lot more and I didn't have any direction. My mother never went to college, so I...

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: ARMANDO

At Reality Changes, we work hard to raise up young people who can inspire and lead the youth of tomorrow. After all, it takes a village. When Reality Changers alumni are successful, they’re often motivated to give back to the next generation of students. When older students turn to younger ones to help them meet their own goals, the powerful...

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: MARTHA MONTOYA

Watching our students achieve success – despite seemingly insurmountable odds – is probably the best part of the mentorship and teaching process here at Reality Changers. Personal stories of triumph make all the hard work worth it. Each of our students have their own unique narratives, and every story has its own share of encouragement, achievement, and overcome-anything inspiration. Martha Montoya’s...

GROCERY BUDGET FOR 1

How to Make a Grocery Budget for 1 College is a time for experimentation, for growth and for change. Whether you’re a freshman eager and anxious to move into your first dorm room or a seasoned senior who has their eye on graduation day, it’s always smart to stash some cash. There’s no better way to save than to grocery shop...

FINANCIAL COLLEGE PREP TIPS

Top 6 Financial College Prep Tips You Should Know The summer after graduating high school is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. You’ve got fun memories in the rearview and new experiences just around the corner. The time between high school and college might be short, but it offers the opportunity to learn, grow and become more...

DORM ROOM TIPS

How College-Bound Students Can Furnish Their Dorm Room College offers many exciting opportunities, but there is perhaps nothing quite as exciting as decorating your own dorm room for the first time. Whether you dream of a room covered in movie posters or are aiming to flex your interior design muscles, your dorm can be a reflection of your personality and your...

MONTHLY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: JESSIE HERNANDEZ-REYES

Reality Changers helps youth throughout Southern California achieve the dream of higher education. Our experienced staff and volunteers utilize the “Tightrope Theory” approach to ensure students keep their focus on college. But that’s only half of the story; the other half involves our students’ grit, tenacity, and determination. Without these characteristics, even the strongest institutional backing will not guarantee success. The...

MONTHLY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: ANTHONY LEE

Reality Changers helps youth throughout Southern California achieve the dream of higher education. Our experienced staff and volunteers utilize the “Tightrope Theory” approach to ensure students keep their focus on college. But that’s only half of the story; the other half involves our students’ grit, tenacity, and determination. Without these characteristics, even the strongest institutional backing will not guarantee success. The...

MONTHLY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: MARLENE NAVAREZ

Reality Changers helps youth throughout Southern California achieve the dream of higher education. Our experienced staff and volunteers utilize the “Tightrope Theory” approach to ensure students keep their focus on college. But that’s only half of the story; the other half involves our students’ grit, tenacity, and determination. Without these characteristics, even the strongest institutional backing will not guarantee success. The...

MONTHLY ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: GERARDO JAIMES

Reality Changers helps youth throughout Southern California achieve the dream of higher education. Our experienced staff and volunteers utilize the “Tightrope Theory” approach to ensure students keep their focus on college. But that’s only half of the story; the other half involves our students’ grit, tenacity, and determination. Without these characteristics, even the strongest institutional backing will not guarantee success. Our...