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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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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...

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...

STUDENT SHOUTOUT: FRANCISCO MARTINEZ

Congratulations to Francisco (RC '2016) who received the 2016 Scott Willison-CAMP Student Champion Award for his exemplary leadership skills and for outstanding achievement and commitment to excellence in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP). CAMP is a program designed to help students from migrant and seasonal farm worker backgrounds to succeed in college. Francisco was part of the College Apps...

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...

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...