News: Reality Changers Named Outstanding Non-Profit by San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce

June 11, 2018 – Reality Changers was recently awarded one of a six prestigious small business awards by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

At the annual San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Awards reception in August, our organization was honored in the “Outstanding Non-Profit” category.

The award was presented to Reality Changers for our tireless efforts on behalf of disadvantaged and lower-income students throughout San Diego. The Chamber’s award reflects our commitment to the community, particularly with students in pursuit of higher education.

The largest chamber of commerce in Southern California and the entire West Coast region, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce represents approximately 2,500 area businesses and more than a quarter million total jobs and careers. Some of the Chamber’s largest corporate sponsors include Southwest, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Bank of America and Qualcomm.

“We’re thankful for the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce’s recognition of Reality Changers as the most Outstanding Non-Profit organization in the area,” said Reality Changers Founder and CEO Christopher Yanov. “This award is the culmination of our entire team, and also reflects well on those students we’ve assisted throughout the years – they’ve held up their end of the bargain, with spectacular results.”

Reality Changers recently opened for our program’s 17th academic year, and we’re proud to offer tutoring services in City Heights, in addition to our standard initiatives and activities.

“For our students, the chance at a college degree shouldn’t be off-limits,” said Mr. Yanov. “Everything we do at Reality Changers is geared toward changing the harsh realities that face so many of our young people. With the promise of higher education serving as the ultimate incentive, we’re excited and encouraged by what our program has accomplished so far.”

“This award really shows the collective efforts of everyone involved, from our dedicated mentors, teachers, administrators and tutors to the students themselves,” Mr. Yanov noted. “This passion and sense of purpose to do better for those in need is reflected with our students’ 97% college acceptance rate.”

For nearly 20 years, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has represented, promoted and supported regional businesses, both private and non-profit. Reality Changers is proud to receive such notable recognition, and we’d like to extend our appreciation and gratitude to the Chamber for handing out this significant honor.


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