NYC Financial Literacy Debates
$2000.00 in Scholarships!
May 2nd: Workshop #1
May 9th : Workshop #2
May 16th: Workshop #3
May 23rd: Workshop #4
May 26th: Tournament
About the Program
The Financial Literacy Debate Series is an excellent opportunity for students to become knowledgeable in financial concepts immediately relevant to them. Financial literacy is an area rarely addressed in school and Americans remain some of the least knowledgeable in areas of personal finance. This has increased repercussions for individuals not privileged with significant wealth. The Financial Literacy Debate Series is intended to introduce relevant financial concepts to students and to coach those students towards a deep understanding of those concepts, using competitive debate as a motivator. The expectation is that this foray into financial literacy will motivate students to further exploration that will help them as they leave secondary school. The roles of the school and the coach are critical to the success of the program.
Student participation in the program is for four to five weeks. First, students will participate in financial education seminars. These will occur after school and, in some cities, on Saturdays. There will be four sessions and each session will be two hours long. These will be scheduled one per week. Each team will participate either in person at a designated location or from their school by logging in to a video conference hosted by the local league and Citi. These sessions will introduce the core concepts and provide students with structure and coaching and feedback to develop a deep understanding of the concepts.
After the workshops, students will compete in a tournament during which they will debate about the financial concepts against other teams from other schools. The two top teams from the tournament will then debate each other.
- 4 after school workshops in May and a citywide tournament. Final debates held at Citi Headquarters
- Financial Literacy Debate Curriculum
- Coach Stipends of $500.00. *Requirements apply! Schools should have a minimum of 5 teams participating (10 students) in all workshops and the tournament.
- Special Student Prizes for Top Winners
Fin Lit Debate Schedule & Locations
- May 2nd - High School for Law, Advocacy & Community Justice. Click here for google maps.
- May 9th - High School for Law, Advocacy & Community Justice. Click here for google maps.
- May 16th - High School for Law, Advocacy & Community Justice. Click here for google maps.
- May 23rd - High School for Law, Advocacy & Community Justice. Click here for google maps.
- May 26th - Saturday Tournament. - High School for Law, Advocacy & Community Justice. Click here for google maps.
- June - Final Round @ Citi Headquarters, 388 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013
Fin Lit Debate Resources
Why the Financial Literacy Debates?
The primary goal of the Financial Literacy Debate Series is to improve the financial literacy of students in under-
served urban areas. Financial literacy has been highlighted by federal and state agencies, as well as financial institutions, as an area in need of significant investment and improvement. Recognizing that debate is a particularly rigorous activity for addressing complex concepts, the Citi Foundation, NAUDL and NYCUDL have partnered to launch this unique opportunity to students in NYC.
The goals for the Financial Literacy Debate Series participants are to
• significantly improve their understanding critical financial literacy concepts relevant to their decisions as they move to college and career opportunities.
• provide them with an opportunity to work directly with professionals in financial services, who serve as
models of educational and professional success
The goals for the student audience members are to
• improve their general understanding of relevant financial literacy concepts and the importance of improving their own financial literacy
• engage with student leaders and professionals in discussions about financial topics impacting students
The goals for schools are to
• increase the visibility of financial literacy as a critical skill area
• provide a diversity of relevant educational experiences for the students and teachers
We are thankful for the support of both the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues and the Citi Foundation for generously supporting student scholarships/gift cards and other prizes, as well as for providing generous stipends for debate coaches.
- 1st Place Team. Each debater recieves $500/scholarship for a total of $1000.00
- 2nd Place Team. Each debater recieves $250/scholarship for a total of $500.00
- Semifinalists (3rd and 4th Place) Team. Each debater receives $100/scholarship for a total of $400.
- Coach Stipend