Reality Changers' Next Chapter
2018 and beyond
A Message from our Interim Executive Director & Board Chair
On behalf of the board of Reality Changers, I am writing to let you know that Christopher Yanov, Founder and President of Reality Changers, has informed the Board and Staff that he will step down in October 2018.
In 2001, Chris took $300 of seed money and created Reality Changers. For nearly two decades, our mission has been to transform lives, schools, and communities by providing youth from disadvantaged backgrounds with the academic support, financial assistance and leadership training to become first generation college students. Chris’s tireless effort to create universal access to college, one community at a time, has meant that thousands of young people—from throughout Southern California—are now graduates of Reality Changers and the overwhelming majority have gone on to college.
During the past eighteen years, Chris has created an enduring organization. He has assembled a talented staff and established strong partnerships with institutions and organizations throughout the region and the nation. In addition, over this past year, I have had the pleasure to chair a generous and experienced board of directors, which has demonstrated that we are as committed to the success of this extraordinary organization as much as the founder, staff, and the program participants we all serve.
Over the next few months, Chris plans to take time to recharge. Though he will step away from being RC’s president and director, as the founder he will remain forever closely connected to its mission. When he returns, he will take on the role of Founder & Senior Advisor.
Chris has worked closely with his senior staff and board to implement an orderly transition. While our board commences a nation-wide search for a new executive director, I will serve as interim executive director (without compensation). The board and I will involve staff, students, parents and key stakeholders in the process. We will be reaching out to you for support as we launch this next phase in Reality Changers’ history.
I wanted to share the letter Chris sent to the board and community about his plans to take time for himself and think about what he’d like to do next. As always, Chris’s inimitable voice expresses the principle that college changes everything, especially for low-income youth. His core belief has become a reality.
Please join me in offering deep appreciation for his fierce dedication to ensuring the success and stability of Reality Changers.
Kimberley Phillips Boehm, Reality Changers’ Board Chair
A Message from our Founder
" I am delighted to share the news that Reality Changers has reached an important and exciting milestone: the individual who founded the organization no longer has to lead it. As such, I will step down as the organization’s president this month and take on the role of Founder & Senior Advisor. "
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