About Us


Who We Are

Eat The Elephant is a boutique youth development and college access resource portal for schools and community groups. Each client’s needs are different, and we pride ourselves on respecting those differences as we design your unique program!

The driving force behind ETE is a passion and determination for youth development and college access to be at its consistent and impactful best.

What you’re thinking is what you’re becoming
— Muhammad Ali

What We Believe

The mechanisms we use to participate in the world are fast learned; and at a time when we are most easily taught.  Our passion for youth development and education stems from a desire to strengthen that ‘core’ to the degree that our young people are not only able to cope, but thrive!

We know firsthand the positive, lasting impact a cohesive, diverse curriculum and culture have on student growth and development.  At its best, a holistic learning environment that achieves the following:

  • teaches to the whole child

  • encourages the individual self

  • provides experiential opportunity

  • re-connects them to the supportive and larger community

This cycle effectively transitions the student from the theoretical to the practical, and back again.  This self-perpetuating, high impact capacity builder is the reward dedicated attention pays. 

Founder and Creator



Maria Frazier has dedicated her career to leveling the playing field for young men and women of color to access their power via strategic high performance programming.  

Born and raised in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and educated by the public-school system, Maria has learned how to transform obstacle into opportunity.  She has created and spearheaded multiple comprehensive, and lasting programs, culture, curriculum and initiatives for the National Urban League, Urban Dove, TEAM Charter School, The After-School Corporation and the YMCA.  She holds multiple leadership positions, and is an integral force in organizational success. 

Maria’s professional experience affords her tremendous skill and insight into the complexities of youth development, and she uses her superpower to bolster the communities that serve them. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Child Studies from the City University of New York.  She lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with her family.