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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 poverty 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 at-risk students for post-secondary success and help them gain access to leading public and private universities.


From the Director

Over the next few months, we will be engaging students in Atlanta Public Schools in the interview FIFTEEN process helping them achieve greater success in their leadership, social and life-skills.