Tanisha Ellis

Home and neighborhood life of students deemed "at risk" can have many challenges associated with them. Tanisha Ellis explains how the Fifteen program helped not only with academics and personal responsibility, but on her whole outlook on life as well:

"For me this program was a way to escape away from the troubles I was facing at home and school. It was also a place for me to grow and learn with people who saw the best in me when I didn't. We were always learning something new and experiencing new things that eventually began to shape and change the way I saw my life and made me think about my future and the possibility of going to college. Fifteen taught me to believe in myself and that I could accomplish anything I wanted to do."

Tanisha now attends Lee University in Cleveland, TN. She's president of the Black student association group, involved in various campus activities, and is excited about what God will be doing with His plan for her life.

Fifteen Alum / Lee University

My name Tanisha Ellis. I remember the first time I heard about the FIFTEEN leadership program. There was a group of students that were nominated for the program by their teachers and counselors. I went to a meeting and learned about the interview process and eventually went to my first interview session for fifteen with my mom. I was so nervous. There were so many other students who were nominated for the program from almost every high school in Atlanta. I wasn’t sure I would get a call back to be a part of the program, but I did and FIFTEEN truly changed my life.

For me this program was a way to escape way from the troubles I was facing at home and school. It was also I place for me to grow and learn with people who saw the best in me when I didn't. We were always learning something new and experiencing new things that eventually began to shape and change the way I saw my life and made think about my future and the possibility of going to college. Fifteen taught me to believe in myself and that I could accomplish anything I wanted to do.

I now attend Lee University in Cleveland, TN. This is my junior year here and I absolutely LOVE this school it has changed my life. So many things have happened to me while in college that has changed my life. I now enjoy school and being involved with campus activities. I'm president of the Black Student Association group on campus and so much more. FIFTEEN has played such a major role in God's plan for my life. Being a part of FIFTEEN was a life changing experience!

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