Reality Changers started in 2001 with just four students and $300 to its name, shifting from a gang-prevention program to a college-preparatory organization focused on building first generation college students. Our founding principle was that it just wasn’t right that most inner-city students knew more people who have been harmed or killed in the streets than people who were on the road to college. Students are coached to focus on their goals of becoming first generation college graduates, using Reality Changers as their support system. We help students shift from a deficit-based to an asset-based mindset and approach to life, reminding them that hope, resilience, and community go a long way. Since 2001, we have helped more than 2,900 program graduates earn on average $65,000 in college scholarships and aid over 4 years of college and now serve more than 500 individuals each year.