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Darrius Snow

Fifteen Alum | Voorhees College & University of Alabama A&M

"Abandoned at the age of two by a mother who struggled with drug problems, I overcame a lot of obstacles to be where I am today."

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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...