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Shaikeria Stallings

Fifteen Alum | College of Wooster

"Before becoming a student in the FIFTEEN program, I did not think that college was an option for me. I believed that I would graduate from high school and go into the workforce and that would be as far as I would make it."

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Essential2Life is an organization whose vision is "to see a generation of urban youth move beyond obstacles to discover a direction in their lives."

The organization seeks to achieve its vision by continually and responsibly stewarding their mission "to create life-change for urban youth through mentoring and educational/career opportunity programs."

15 Leadership

Fifteen is the premier program for Essential2life. FIFTEEN carries students through a three year concentration of social responsibility, self awareness, servant-leadership development, and life-skill development.


College Access

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


From the Director

2014 was a milestone year for Essential2Life!  We successfully re-launched the FIFTEEN leadership program in Atlanta Public Schools with...