Reality Changers COVID-19 Response (updated October 2020)

At Reality Changers, we believe in the power and resiliency of community—especially during difficult times.

Like many of you, we have adapted our lives and our operations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, the well-being of our students, our families, our volunteers, and our team remains our top priority.

Below are the adjustments we have made, beginning March, 16th 2020:

  • All staff are working remotely. We have assembled resources and tools to help our team continue to be successful while working away from the office.
  • Our programs are being conducted online, with some support services being provided in-person, but in a socially distanced manner. See below for more details.

We will continue to assess the situation and make adjustments based on what is best for our community. This includes following the public health guidance of the CDC and government officials.

At this time, we are especially aware of the needs of students with fewer financial resources, limited or no access to technology, and those experiencing housing or food insecurity.

We will continue to be a resource for our youth and families. We trust that these precautions will help all of us to stay safe and healthy.

We appreciate your understanding, flexibility, and support during this challenging time.

Sincerely,

Tamara Y. Craver

Tamara Y. Craver
President & CEO
Reality Changers

Reality Changers is focused on balancing public health needs with the organization’s essential work. We will continue communicating with our stakeholders and updating contingency plans as the COVID-19 outbreak evolves. Our office will remain closed until further notice. Please continue to monitor this page for ongoing updates and resources and email info@realitychangers.org with any specific questions you may have.

General Updates:

  • All Reality Changers meetings and lessons are being conducted online.
  • Reality Changers has invested in online platforms and services to improve virtual program delivery and remote staff productivity.
  • We have increased our emphasis on mental health and self-care in youth and family programming.
  • School supplies and Reality Changers goodies were delivered to students at the beginning of the school year.

College Town Updates:

  • College Town programs continue to be held virtually. As of August 31st, we are supporting students in the following areas:
    • College Readiness: 6-7pm on the first Tuesday of every month
    • Tutoring: 7-9pm every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
  • Our volunteer tutors have been trained to serve as Accountability Partners and are checking in with students 2-3 times per week to ensure that they are keeping up with their schoolwork in the virtual learning environment.
  • We have partnered with David’s Harp Foundation and some students are using their facility as a space for doing schoolwork during the day. Participating students and supporting staff are practicing social distancing and wearing masks.
  • Students needing assistance or resources can make an appointment for a one-on-one video session or phone call directly with their Achievement Coach.

College Apps Academy Updates:

  • College Apps Academy meets online weekly.
  • Instructors have piloted the use of new technology to meet the needs of the digital space. They are using Google Classroom to organize content for students, Kahoot! to engage students in lessons, and Mote to leave voice notes on student essays.
  • Instructors host online office hours to video chat with individual students.
  • Our campus and community partners have been conducting virtual college tours, writing workshops, and information sessions for our students.

Alumni Network Updates:

  • Alumni network programs, including College Ambassador Program meetings, the Real Talk series, and career mentorship, continue to be held online.
  •  Students and graduates needing advising assistance can make phone or video call appointments directly with Alumni Network staff. Please reach out to the following staff members:

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