2013: Spring Forward!

It has been far too long since our last post. We have accomplished quite a bit since last summer, and we have a lot of exciting news to share with our blog community!

In August of 2012 (wow, almost a year already?) we facilitated two SITE:Ghana Programs. We returned to the campus of the University of Cape Coast for another summer, and initiated a new program in Koforidua at All Nations University. Our students and facilitators had a great time exploring ELiTE’s activities and projects.

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Back in New York, Chelsey shared his views about the future of education at the October TEDx Columbia Engineering event. A full recap of our 2012 activities can be found in our winter newsletter.


The organization has once again risen to new heights in 2013. In February we were selected as one of thirty organizations from eighteen countries to receive a Google RISE Award. Not only have we been awarded financial support for our new Harlem programs, but we also gain access to the amazing Google and RISE communities. Our supporters in New York joined our celebrations for this prestigious award during the 1st annual ELiTE Winter Friend-raiser this past March. We look forward to sharing knowledge and learning new strategies for best practices with nonprofit leaders in STEM education and technical support through the Google NYC office. The program kicks off with the Google RISE Summit in London, U.K. in June of this summer, so look forward to more news from the ELiTE team!


We are also honored to announce that our co-founder and President, Chelsey Roebuck, has been selected as a finalist for the prestigious Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship. Chelsey joins a group of 52 other Echoing Green finalists from around the world who have made it through the rigorous selection process that saw almost 3,000 applicants in 2013.

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Our programs and curriculum development teams, lead by Clayton Dahlman and Sam Bhattacharyya, have been hard at work over the past few months preparing for our programs in Harlem and abroad. Although we will not be traveling to Jamaica or Tanzania in 2013 we are happy to launch IVTI: Mexico in July. IVTI, or Instituto de Verano de Tecnología e Ingeniería, is our first SITE program offered in a language other than English and will be held at the INAOE Research University in Tonantzintla, Puebla, Mexico.


Stay tuned over the coming weeks as we will share additional details about our new partnerships, summer programming, recap our spring programs in Harlem and Ghana, and provide details about our Black Male Achievement Initiative to begin in late 2013.

Thanks for reading!

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