Volunteer with Reality Changers

You Can Be a Difference-Maker

Do you believe that all students deserve the opportunity to attend and graduate from college? Donate your time and talent to help youth achieve their dreams. Reality Changers is committed to providing rewarding experiences, strong customer service, and opportunities for input and advancement to our volunteers.

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Volunteer Opportunities in San Diego and Beyond

Employer Gift Matching

Online Fundraiser

Fundraise for Reality Changers to help youth from underserved communities complete high school, get into college, graduate, and launch their careers.

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Volunteer tutoring a student


Tutors assist 8th-12th grade students during weekly Reality Changers programs. You can build relationships with students while providing academic and developmental support.

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a special event volunteer

One Time Volunteer

Support program staff in preparing and executing events through one-time and weekend volunteer opportunities.

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Marika, a volunteer mentor

“Meeting with my mentee is a joy. She helps me to see things in new ways and she’s a wonderful human being! I have nothing but a positive experience with my mentee and with Reality Changers as a whole.”


Christian, a volunteer tutor

“Reality Changers makes it very easy to jump in and be a tutor. You will build up your communication skills and also meet other tutors who share a similar passion for helping students.”


Jennifer volunteering at Reality Changers

“Thanks to Reality Changers, my heart is always full because of the relationships I am able to have with these hard-working, inspiring, and resilient young people.”


Geysil, an Alumni Network mentor

“I became a mentor to provide support and guidance to an individual on their journey to identify their career. I wanted to share my experience as well as the lessons that have made me the professional that I am today.”


Volunteer Interest Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Time Commitments vary depending on the volunteer opportunity:

  • One-time events can range from 2 to 5 hours.
  • Alumni Network Mentors commit to at least 1 hour a month.
  • We ask tutors to commit to 2 hours a week, for a minimum of one semester, in order to build positive relationships with students.

You don’t have to be an expert to join our team! We have tutors whose expertise and experience encompass a wide spectrum of academic topics. All we ask is that you come with positivity, encouragement, and a desire to learn and grow

As a volunteer, you are essential to Reality Changers! All long-term volunteers receive training before they begin and one-time volunteers receive training when they arrive. Our Volunteer Manager is here to answer your questions and address concerns, as well as support you while you are volunteering.

Tutors participate in monthly meetings to connect with each other, receive ongoing training, and hear updates.

Anyone age 18+ is welcome to connect with us to learn more about our volunteer opportunities. A cleared Live Scan background check is required for all volunteers that work directly and consistently with students. Each volunteer position has different schedule and availability requirements.

Once we find the right volunteer opportunity for you, you will fill out an application. This helps us to determine how to best pair you with our students. There is no need to submit a resume. However, we do require a background check for local volunteers who work with students. You will complete this as part of your onboarding process.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds and most will be the first in their families to go to college. They are talented, driven, and thoughtful.

Students who participate in weekly programming are 8th through 12th graders. We also have an Alumni Network, which serves young adults in college and graduates who are working professionals.

Students matriculate into our program through a robust recruitment, application, and interview process. We serve two categories of students: those who are already planning on college and need some extra help to understand the application/scholarship process AND those who have not considered college but have the potential to excel there, with support from the Reality Changers community.

Local volunteer work gives you the opportunity to make a positive impact on young people from underrepresented communities. By sharing your skills, knowledge, and time, you can help students achieve their academic and professional goals. It’s an incredibly rewarding experience – you’ll develop new skills, gain valuable experience working with young people, and expand your network of contacts. It can also help you develop a greater sense of social responsibility and civic engagement.


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