The Haitian Times
By Larisa Karr
NEW YORK – What began as a small dream for Jehlan Eustache has turned into a program connecting kids from dozens of schools in New York City and even hundreds of miles away in Haiti through the love of a game: chess.
“Youth are extremely important to the health of our community and it’s been a labor of love, just like a small chess move to change the whole picture,” said Eustache, Founder and CEO of Imagine That. “We’re at 40 schools right now, teaching in inner-city neighborhoods to bridge the divide.”
Through Imagine That, Eustache and his team of three coaches have held chess tournaments not just in dozens of New York City public schools, but have also traveled to Haiti to teach the game to young children. In addition to holding tournaments, Imagine That, whose motto is “proper planning prevents poor performance,” also offers lessons to anyone wishing to learn the game.
When you join The Haitian Times family, you’ll get unlimited digital access to high-quality journalism about Haiti and Haitians you won’t get anywhere else. We’ve been at this for 20 years and pride ourselves on representing you, our diaspora experience and a holistic view of Haiti that larger media doesn’t show you.
Join now or renew to get:
— Instant access to one-of-kind stories and special reports
— Local news from our communities (especially New York and Florida)
— Profiles of Haitians at the top of their fields
— Downloadable lists and resources about Haitian culture
— Membership merch, perks and special invitations
First-time subscribers also receive a special welcome gift handmade in Haiti by expert artisans! Do it for the culture and support Black-owned businesses.