Whether you are a teenager seeking to live a meaningful life or you're at a stage when you're seeking to leave a meaningful gift, all of our futures are connected. Reality Changers' students will impact our region's quality of life for generations to come and your gift to Reality Changers will change our students' futures forever.
Reality Changers believes that college changes everything. This is why Reality Changers helps low-income youth become first generation college students and guides high-performing 12th graders to the nation's top colleges. The mission of Reality Changers is to transform lives by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance, and leadership training to become college graduates. Our vision and ultimate goal is to create universal access to college, one community at a time. Since the program’s inception, program graduates have earned over $120,000,000 in scholarships to attend institutions such as UCSD, Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, NYU, Princeton, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UCLA (among other top-25 institutions), including 29 Gates Millennium Scholarship recipients.
When people think about San Diego, often there is a picture of sunny days, beautiful surf, happy and fulfilled Californians. However, Reality Changers is headquartered in the San Diego neighborhood of City Heights, a place once called "the rotting core of America's Finest City."
It is where less than 3% of adults in Reality Changers' locality have a college diploma.
Furthermore, 78% of City Heights residents speak a language other than English and 50% were born outside the United States. In terms of financial resources, City Heights families live on a median income of $35,776, or just more than half the countywide median income of $63,373. In some City Heights patrol areas, police report a rate of nearly 40 crimes per 1,000 residents, in no small part because students at the local high school are nearly twice as likely to drop out of school as their peers district-wide. When our programs reach the lowest-performing students in the poorest parts of town, we reduce dropout and incarceration rates while increasing graduation rates.
Our youth's futures are in our hands. Join us by making a simple bequest, creating a charitable trust, purchasing a charitable gift annuity or contributing a property through a life estate to guarantee a stream of income for yourselves, and for future generations.
When you join our Connected Futures Society you will be making a difference in the lives of hundreds of underprivileged youth, that are the leaders of tomorrow.
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