From 1996 to 2001, Christopher Yanov worked as a youth director near downtown San Diego. The majority of teens with which he first worked with were involved with drugs and gangs, often leading to violence, vandalism, teen pregnancy, and even death.
To respond to this challenge, Reality Changers started in 2001 with just four students and $300 to its name. It is based on the principle that it is just not right that most inner-city students today know more people who have been shot or killed in the street than people who are on the road to college.
Nearly a decade and a half later, Reality Changers now serves nearly 1,000 youth from disadvantaged backgrounds every year (its College Apps Academy course is available to 12th graders from all backgrounds).
The program’s 2,000 graduates – including 29 Gates Millennium Scholars – have now earned over $140,000,000 in scholarship from all sources. Beginning in 2018, Reality Changers has started to scale its programs so that this feat can be accomplished on an annual basis. Please join this effort so we can succeed together!