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“We drew our confident girl like this because what matters is not how she looks. What matters is what’s on the inside and how she debates.” - Girls Debate League Workshop Participant (
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Dear Friend,

We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  And we give THANKS to YOU for making debate possible. We hope you consider supporting us this Giving Tuesday to donate for donate! #GivingTuesday is an annual day of giving the Tuesday after Thanksgiving for individuals to make the world a better place. And because of your support last season:

  • 1,977 students participated in debates
  • 140 schools with debate teams
  • 28 debate tournaments
  • 25 schools hosting debate tournaments
  • 13,945 rounds of debate
  • 33 debate topics
  • 1690 volunteers judging debates
  • 13,520 volunteer hours
  • 229 students participating in summer debate
  • 5 summer debate institutes over 7 weeks
  • NYCUDL became the largest urban debate league in the nation

We thank you for making all of this possible.  Thank you for being a debater, coach, teacher, principal, parent, volunteer, judge, donor, staff member, board member, advisory board member, intern - thank you to everyone who has shared their passion for debate. In 2011, less than 10 Title I schools had competitive debate teams and less than 100 students participated in debates. Today, we are reversing these statistics thanks to your support. And we hope you consider supporting our efforts to expand debate to even more schools and more students by donating to debate. Please click here to join our end of the year campaign to expand debate in New York City.  Every school should have a debate team. Every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. Click here to support our Great Debaters!

The New York City Urban Debate League
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11/29 - Debate Night @ Park & Jensen
12/1-12/3 - Travel Team Tournaments (Princeton University & Mamaroneck HS)
12/2 - Middle School Tournament #3  (Inwood Academy & Hunters Point Community MS)
12/5 - Debate Night @ Beveridge & Diamond
1/5-1/7 - Travel Team Tournament (Newark Invitational)
1/13 - Travel Team Tournament (Lexington HS)
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November 18th, High School Debate Tournament #2 Results

35+ high schools. 250+ students. 4 tournament locations at 4 different schools, 107 judges, coaches and guests at NYC High School Tournament #2. Thank you to Bronx Collaborative HS, Worldview High School, DeWitt Clinton High School, and Bronx Science for hosting! Thank you to all our students, families, guests, staff, volunteers and coaches. Thank you to the The Jackie Robinson Foundation for their presentation!  Click here for our Touranment Photo Album! The next NYC High School Tournament is on December 16th at Brooklyn Tech HS. You can sign up now!  See below for all the top teams and top speakers of the tournament by division and event: 

Beginner Public Forum Debate Top Team Awards

Beginner Public Forum Debate Speaker Awards 

Novice Policy Debate Top Team Awards

Novice Public Forum Debate Team Awards

Novice Public Forum Debate Speaker Awards

Junior Varsity Policy Debate Top Team Awards

Varsity Public Forum Debate Top Team Awards

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Girls Debate League Workshop #2

November 4th, 2017

Saturday, November 4th marked the second New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) Girls Debate League workshop on the theme of Confidence & Debate. New York University at Steinhardt hosted a group of bright and talented elementary through high school girls who explored moments of insecurity in the academic sport of debate. The theme of this workshop was developed through the combined efforts of the debate community and the girls debaters’ feedback from the previous workshop on identity and debate.

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Debate Fest! Monthly Public Forum Debate Workshop (11/27)

Thank you everyone for coming to our first debate workshop. We had two incredible guests - Stefan Bauschard and Bilal Butt - two of the top debate coaches in the nation!  Click here for photos of the event! Both Bauschard and Bilal have coached numerous debaters to national championships including Harvard, Princeton, Emory, Touranment of Champions and the list goes on and on!  Our workshop returns on 11/27 featuring another great line up of debate greats, model debate, dinner, prizes, raffles, and more!  Click here to sign up! 

Workshop Registration
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Travel Team Tournaments Coming Up at Princeton University & Mamaroneck! (12/3-12/4)

After incredible wins at the Yale Invitational Tournament, the NYC Travel Team is off to two different locations on the same weekend!!!... Princeton University & Mamaroneck High Schooll If you are interested in participating in the Travel Team or helping to coach the Travel Team please email us at

Click here to learn more about Travel Team! 

NYC Travel Team Info
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Middle School Debate Tournament #3: Holiday Extravaganza! (12/2/17)

December NYC Middle School Debate Tournament #3 is now open for registration! Thank you to Hunters Point Community MS for hosting Middle School Public Forum Debate and Big Questions Debate and thank you to Inwood Academy for hosting the Parliamentary Debate Division.  

Click here for Registration!

Click here to volunteer to judge!

Parliamentary Debate Topics

Public Forum Debate Topic

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High School Debate Tournament #3 (12/16/17)

We kick off the holiday season with High School Tournament #3 at Brooklyn Tech High School on December 16th.  The December Public Forum Debate Resolution is Resolved: NCAA student athletes ought to be recognized as employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The Policy Debate Resolution s Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.

Click here for registration!

Click here to volunteer to judge!

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Monthly Student Debate Fest and Debate Workshop! November 27th, 4-7pm, Monday

Starting in November we are hosting a monthly after school event for all debate students and coaches - Debate Fest!  Debate Fest is a monthly workshop featuring dinner, prizes, raffles, debate workshops, demo debates and more. While starting with public forum debate - these workshops are for all debaters. 

Click here to register!

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Sign Up for NYC Debate Club.  Fall or Spring 2016 Semesters! 

For students without debate teams at their school and/or interested in additional debate coaching we offer a debate club that meets at our office every Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm or students can also sign up virtually for online resources and online debate training.

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