Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Reality Changers Documentary on PBS
Don't miss Reality Changers in the
PBS documentary, "The Graduates"
premiering nationwide on November 4th at 10 p.m.
You are invited to a special screening of the film, and meet the star, too!
Monday, October 28th
5:30 - 7:00 pm
Reality Changers Headquarters
3910 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
Eduardo Corona: San Diego, CaliforniaEduardo’s parents moved to San Diego from Mexico in the hopes of providing he and his siblings with a better life and a better education. But as both parents worked long hours, Eduardo and his siblings were often unsupervised. Growing up in the City Heights neighborhood — what the San Diego Police Department refers to as the “probation capital of San Diego” — Eduardo’s sister and older brother became involved in gangs. Following the model, Eduardo joined a gang himself. While hanging out at the “Y” he met Chris Yanov, founder of Reality Changers, an innovative college prep and youth leadership organization that gave Eduardo his first opportunity to participate in something other than a gang. It was a fresh start, but he was still connected to his gang. When Eduardo was arrested and facing six years in prison, Chris and Reality Changers didn’t give up on him. Chris challenged Eduardo to improve his grades. Eduardo brought his grade point average up and was accepted to the prestigious "Academic Connections" program at the University of California, San Diego, eventually graduating from high school and becoming a college student. Today, Eduardo is a Reality Changers counselor, serving as a mentor in much the same way that Chris mentored him.