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Michelle and Reality Changers

Have you ever thought about how your life might have gone differently? Is there one pivotal moment in your life that changed everything for you? For Reality Changers graduate Michelle, it was the day she learned that she had been accepted into the program.

“Honestly, if it weren’t for that phone call, if it weren’t for getting into Reality Changers, there are so many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had. I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

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Michelle’s Story

Michelle joined Reality Changers in 2016 and graduated from Hoover High School in 2020.

Throughout high school, Michelle had an interest in medicine and biology. She joined the Health Academy and took biomedical classes at Hoover. She also participated in community internships at health facilities and even got to do rotations in a hospital.

“I really enjoyed the hospital. I liked how fast-paced it was. You’re always on your feet. You’re always going back and forth between patients. I really enjoyed that.”

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Ashly, Class of 2008

Ashly, Reality Changers Class of 2008

Ashly continues to make a difference, hoping to use her experiences in her next venture to highlight underrepresented voices in media and film. She says, “I’m proud of reaching goals and working for the American and Mexican embassy. I’m proud that I have learned so much and gathered so many connections, met so many people, and heard about their experiences.”

Now, she is working on securing a job in Hollywood doing Global Publicity for heavy hitting film agencies like HBO, Paramount, and Universal. In thinking about her impact and the next generation she says, “It’s so cool and inspiring to see young people reaching for their dreams and achieving even more than we were able to achieve. They are taking the tools they have and pushing themselves forward.”

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Analuz, Reality Changers Class of 2021

As Analuz enters into her new life as a San Diego State Aztec Warrior, she feels “honored” to be a part of the Reality Changers legacy.

“Reality Changers’ work within the community is very important. There are so many kids out there who could use the help of Reality Changers to become first generation college students. Shoutout to my tutors, Achievement Coach, and College Apps Academy Instructor for being the best and providing such wonderful support.”

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Linh, Reality Changers Class of 2016

“Reality Changers is a place that provides students with a safe environment to grow and learn. From the tutoring sessions to college prep to speech competitions to volunteering opportunities to each other’s presence, Reality Changers really covers it all to prepare students for college and beyond.”

After high school, Linh attended UC San Diego and graduated in 2020 with a B.S. in Public Health and a Minor in Business. She says that this is one of her proudest accomplishments.

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Dilshod, Reality Changers Class of 2015

Dilshod moved to the United States from Russia in 2009 and joined Reality Changers in 2010. At the time, he was facing academic challenges because he was not fluent in English and learning to navigate the American education system.

As part of Reality Changers, Dilshod participated in tutoring, leadership development, public speaking, and career readiness programming. He found a welcoming family with the Reality Changers staff, volunteers, and peer community.

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The 8th Grade Achievement Mentor Program

When factoring in all of the details involved in selecting a college, many students don’t know where to begin. Although selecting a college where you will spend the next 4-5 years of your life can be challenging, knowing yourself and what you value most makes the selection process much easier. We encourage you to reflect and select a school based on the factors that are most important to you. Below is a list of four factors that you should consider when choosing the right college.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Donna Dunagan

Q: If you could encourage someone else to volunteer at our organization, what would you say?
A: I would say everyone needs to volunteer at Reality Changers because the community you find there is unmatched. You meet so many phenomenal individuals that are driven to truly make the world a better place.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Marissa Dzotsi

Q: If you could encourage someone else to volunteer at our organization, what would you say?
A: I would say everyone needs to volunteer at Reality Changers because the community you find there is unmatched. You meet so many phenomenal individuals that are driven to truly make the world a better place.

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Parent Spotlight: Juana Alcazar

Through Reality Changers there is so much help and motivation. They truly make a change for families that have never been through the process of applying for college and give so much hope for us and our students. I am sure our students will return all the help they are receiving today once they have their careers in the future.

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