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Dear  Friend,

The City Championships is coming!  The NYC Middle School City Championships is on March 10th-11th and the NYC High School City Championships is on March 17th -18th.  All schools are invited to send their top two debate teams in each division of debate. Thank you to Signature Bank for sponsoring the Middle School City Championships! Thank you to the Manhattan Borough President for sponsorsing the High School City Championships! The City Championships is a two day tournament featuring elimination rounds and Finals Rounds to crown the top debaters in the City!  Thank you to PS 161, Hamilton Grange School, and the Institute for Collaborative Education for hosting the Championships!  Click to register!  Click to volunteer! 





Upcoming Events 

6/2 - Girls Debate Tournament (TBA)
July Summer Debate Institutes
July 2nd-7th - Harlem Debate Institute (TBA)
July 30th - August 10th - Scholars Varsity High School Debate Institute (TBA)
August Summer Debate Institutes 
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Another historical weekend and month for debate in New York City!  At NYC HIgh School Tournament#5 (2/3/18), 37 schools, 204 students, 93 volunteers, teachers and guests participated! And at MSQI Debate Tournament #2, 36 schools, 479 students, 220 judges and volunteers, 243 debate teams.  So a grand total of 73 schools and 683 students participated in debates this weekend thanks to over 313 volunteers, staff, teachers and guests! Thank you everyone for making this possible. Thank you to the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation for sponsoring NYC High School Tournament #5 and thank you to the Middle School Quality Initiative for bringing debate to so many students and schools. And congratulations to the winners of the Coolidge Cup.  The top two Varsity Public Forum Debate Teams and Top Two Varsity Speakers will receive full scholarships (travel, housing, meals) for five days to train and compete at the Coolidge Cup in Vermont this Summer!  The champions of that tournament will receive $10,000 in scholarships! Click below for complete Tournament Results of both our High School and Middle School February Tournaments!  Click to learn more! 


NYC Travel Teams Dominate the Ivy League!

Congratulations to NYCUDL debaters who dominated the awards at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Not 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34… BUT 35 DIFFERENT AWARDS ACROSS TWO DEBATE EVENTS AND FOUR DEBATE DIVISIONS to UDL schools! Including #1 Top Speaker Award of the entire Tournament!  Click to learn more! 


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Celebrating Women's History Month!

On Friday, March 23rd we partner with the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) at the Siberman Graduate School to host the Women's History Month Girls Debate Tournament! The Debate and Workshop Topic is on a woman's right to control their sexual reproduction.  Parliamentary Debate: "This House would uphold women's control over their sexual reproduction."  Public Forum Debate: "The US government would uphold women's control over their sexual reproduction." No topic preparation required. Workshops in the morning and debates in the afternoon. Breakfast and lunch provided! Also, thank you everyone for attending our February 16th Girls Debate Workshop! Click here for photo album!  Click here to register! Click here to volunteer as a judge!


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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, 10am-12pm) 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. 


Summer Debate Institute

Registration is Open!



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!  Learn More!



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