SAN DIEGO, CA – August 29, 2016 – Today, Reality Changers celebrates back-to-school season by welcoming its students for the program’s seventeenth school year. In addition to attending school and participating in extracurricular activities, Reality Changers students participate in a weekly comprehensive tutoring program based in City Heights.
The school year kicks off after a summer filled with milestones:
In June, Reality Changers’ students and graduates surpassed the $100,000,000 mark in scholarship aid received from all sources since the program began in 2001.
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.
In August, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce selected Reality Changers as the most outstanding of the 11,000 non-profit organizations in the region.
“We work with the toughest and brightest 8th to 12th graders in San Diego County and prepare them to be first generation college students,” says Founder & President Christopher Yanov. “Our unique style is that we surround struggling eighth-graders (with GPAs between 0.0 and 2.0) with positive peer role models so that they can succeed together. By the time they reach 12th grade, all students are prepared for our intensive, yearlong course to guide them through the college application process.”
While graduating high school and getting accepted to a four-year university is the ultimate goal for Reality Changers students, some excel when there is a short-term goal in sight. Reality Changers motivates students to continue to do well in school by awarding students who earn a 3.5 GPA with a $4,000 scholarship to attend UCSD’s Academic Connections, a three week residential program where students have the opportunity to live the collegiate experience by taking a college-level course and living in UC San Diego dorms.
Experience Reality Changers’ Opening Night today beginning at 6pm. Meet the students and leaders that make this transformative program possible. With advanced notice, the media is also invited to attend our other programs during Opening Week on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 6pm and 9pm. See you soon!