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NYC Great Debaters Weekly!

Girls Debate Tournament (1/27) 

Dear  Friend,


This week we shout out our Middle School and High School Martin Luther King Jr. Debate Tournaments! Inspiring and incredible debates all month to commemorate one of America's greatest orators - and member of his high school's and college's debate team - Martin Luther King Jr. And next month we kick off President's Day with the Presidential Debates and Coolidge Qualifying Cup - the top six debaters winning a week long trip to Vermont to compete in the Coolidge Cup Debates and $10,000 in scholarships. Learn more. Finally, join us this Saturday, January 28th for a girls debate tournament and workshp for middle school and high school young women. Public Forum Debate, Parliamentary Debate, and Policy Debate.  All female debaters and all female judges! 


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The NYC Urban Debate League


Upcoming Events

Summer Debate Camps


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On February 3rd, we host NYC High School Debate Tournament #5: The Coolidge Cup Qualifier at Bronx Collaborative High School, Worldview High School and Clinton High School. The top two winning teams and top two speakers in Open/Varsity Public Forum Debate will qualify for the Coolidge Cup and will be awarded a 5 day scholarship (July 1st-July 5th) for travel, housing, and meals to compete for $10,000 in awards at the Coolidge Cup in Vermont. Thank you to the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation for sponsoring this tournament and the incredible scholarships to our top winners. 


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Debate Field Trip with the Daily Show and Trevor Noah!


The Daily Show and NYC Urban Debate League partner up again on civic education! Thank you to the Daily Show for providing VIP tickets to over 60 NYC debate coaches, staff, and alumni! We have 6 trips lined up to the Daily Show over the next two months! "I always believe that funny is serious and serious is funny. You don't really need a distinction between them." - Trevor Noah


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Thank you everyone for attending HS Tournament #4 (The MLK Day Debates) at Brooklyn Tech. 37 high schools, 272 students, 130 volunteers, teachers and guests, 2 incredible debate topics on education reform (Policy Debate) and Catalonia Independence (Public Forum Debate). 

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Thank you to everyone for attending NYC Middle School Tournament #4! 37 schools, 320 students, 122 volunteers, teachers and parents! Thank you to In-Tech Academy and Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School for hosting the first MLK Debate of the month! Congratulations to all participants and winners. 


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The New York City Urban Debate League hosts “DEBATE CON” several times a year on the Chancellor’s Professional Development Days. DEBATE CON is the city’s education conference bringing together debate educators, coaches and teachers. The event is free for all debate educators. The purpose of the conference is to help debate educators grow and learn from one another, share best practices, as well as build collegiality in the NYC and greater debate community. We will have tracks for all levels of debate.






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Do not have a debate team at your school? Join the NYC Debate Club! We meet on Saturdays at our Office (25 Broadway, 9th Floor) for drop in debate practices for 5th – 12th grade students.  All students participating in Debate Club are eligible to participate in tournaments. Virtual resources are available if you are not able to attend all practice sessions. Click here to register. 


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Summer Debate Institute

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Join us for the summer of 2018 at the nation's largest debate league and summer program. Honored by the White House as one of the nation's top after school programs, the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) provides seven weeks of summer debate institutes, summer tournaments, summer events, and other fun programs to teach students debate, public speaking, critical thinking, current events and improve reading, writing, and research skills. Our locations include Hunter College, Silberman Graduate School, Columbia University, New York University, Maspeth High School and more! Register now for earlybird discounts!  Click to register! 


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Support our mission in bringing debate to every school in New York City. The NYC Urban Debate League is the largest urban debate league in the nation and honored by the White House as one of the nation's top after school programs. We work with over 100 schools and over 3000 students each year. This is all because of volunteers and donors like you! 

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