Imagine That founder Jehlan Eustache guides a young student playing chess. Photo from Imagine That.

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.” 

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Larisa is a reporter for The Haitian Times covering politics, elections and education primarily. A graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, she has interned at CNBC and the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network. She is also a recipient of a 2021 DBEI Fellowship by Investigative Reporters & Editors. Larisa can be reached by email at or on Twitter @larisakarr.