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Divante Brunson

Fifteen Alum | Lee University

"During my first year of college, the staff of E2L stood by me and visited me and asked how I was doing in my college classes. Fifteen was over with but they still wanted to help me and help mold me into a leader."

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E2L's vision is to see a generation of urban youth move beyond obstacles to discover a direction in their lives.

Our mission is "to create life-change for urban youth through mentoring and educational/career opportunity programs."


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.


College Access

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


From the Founder

When we founded Essential2Life 21 years ago, our heart was to establish a work that would live beyond us and continue to reach and impact students for generations.  Together we have seen incredible things in the lives of the most underserved and hurting in our culture.

After much prayer, Allison and I felt that it as time to move in a new direction, so last year we began a transition plan with our board.

I will continue to serve students in the public school system of Metro Atlanta and provide support in a variety of areas during this transition time. 

Thank you for your encouragement, prayers and financial support these past 21 years as together we are making a difference in the lives of youth in our community.

Thank you,