essential stories

Avery Rodriguez

Fifteen Alum | University of South Florida

"Making it a priority to wake up early each and every other Saturday were just the fundamentals of the concept that 'early is on time and on time is late."

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E2L's mission is to develop and empower urban youth as emerging student leaders who will positively influence their families, schools, communities, and the world.

The four Fifteen program core values around which the curriculum is based – character, commitment, service, and lifelong learning, are the cornerstones on how we help accomplish our mission.


FIFTEEN Leadership Program

Our FIFTEEN leadership and life skills development program carries metro Atlanta high school students through a 3-year interactive curriculum focusing on core values of character, commitment, service and life-long learning.  FIFTEEN develops emerging leaders and well-rounded individuals who take ownership of their future and promote social responsibility within their communities.


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College Access

We prepare students for post-secondary success and help them gain access to leading public and private universities.


From the Founder

2016 was a banner year for Essential2Life, as we graduated 35 high school seniors who completed our three-year FIFTEEN leadership program. These students were teetering on the brink between success and failure when they entered the program, but now have taken ownership of their future. The large majority of them are attending college, many as the first in their families to do so. One received a Posse scholarship for a full ride to Brandeis University.

When we founded E2L 21 years ago, our heart was to establish a work that would live beyond us and continue to reach and impact underserved students for generations. The FIFTEEN program is doing that. Together we have seen incredible things happen in the lives of our students, their families, and those they influence.

Thank you for your encouragement, prayers, and financial and volunteer support these past 21 years. We could not do this without you. Together we can continue to make a difference in the lives of urban youth in our community." 

Vince Hungate ~ Founder and FIFTEEN Program Director

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