Be the Change

Volunteer with Reality Changers!

Be part of the change you wish to see in the world by volunteering with Reality Changers. Whether it’s tutoring or mentoring, supporting a big event, or even an internship, you can make a difference in the lives of youth by helping them achieve academic, personal, and professional success.

Volunteer opportunities

There are so many ways to get involved! Reality Changers is committed to providing rewarding experiences, strong customer service, and opportunities for input and advancement to our volunteers.


Tutors support 8th-12th grade students through weekly tutoring and mentoring. They provide consistent academic and social-emotional support to students with guidance from program staff. Tutors must enjoy building trusting relationships with students and serve as positive role models.

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Professional Mentor

Mentors meet regularly (in person or virtually) with students in our Alumni Network Program. They offer career advice and share real-world experiences in a specific industry.

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Over The Edge Event Volunteer

Join us on 8/25/24 for Over the Edge, a one-of-a-kind event where attendees make a difference for college-bound youth by rappelling down the side of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego hotel! Volunteers can help with event set-up, registration, photography, rope safety, guiding guests, clean-up and more.

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Volunteer Storyteller

The Volunteer Storyteller will work with the Associate Director of Marketing & Communications to profile Reality Changers alumni. This position is a great opportunity for a strong writer who is interested in learning about marketing, communications, or journalism.

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One Time Volunteer

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

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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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Hear from our volunteers

“As the son of first-generation immigrants who worked hard to get to where they are today, I would like to be able to play a role  in assisting the social mobility of first-generation college students who have not been able to access the same resources as their peers.”


8th - 11th grade tutor

“I like seeing the impact I’m able to make on these high schoolers’ lives in such a short period of time.”


8th - 11th grade tutor

I believe college should be accessible to anyone who wants to pursue it.”


8th - 11th grade tutor

“Volunteering provides a platform for me to connect with students who need role models to guide them, help them, and simply be there for them. The whole experience is very uplifting.”


8th - 11th grade tutor

“As a first generation student, I understand how difficult it is to find resources for college. This program is a great way to ensure that all students are able to have the opportunity to go to college.”


8th - 11th grade tutor

“Smart, talented, motivated young people shouldn't be held back from college because the application process is unfamiliar or scary.”


12th grade tutor

“The students brought me joy each time I talked to them about college, summer opportunities, and all the things that go on behind the scenes at Reality Changers.”


8th - 11th grade tutor

“It has been such an awesome experience to see students grow.”


8th - 11th grade tutor

“I love giving back to my community and helping students who were just like me.”


8th - 11th grade tutor

Volunteer Interest Form

We want to hear from you! Fill out the form below and a staff member will be in touch.

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 and mentors 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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