Here in this corner of City Heights, busted childhoods are rewritten. The stories are reframed, polished and packaged as college entrance essays, winning tickets that get them out, anywhere but here.
“When bad things happen to kids, it makes for a great personal statement,” said Reality Changers president and founder Chris Yanov.
At 35, Yanov has been named by San Diego Metropolitan magazine as a new civic power broker and has helped 485 low-income or at-risk students find $40 million in scholarships.
And the Mid-City after-school tutoring program is always looking for the next good story.