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“Anyone who bemoans the state of public education need only spend a weekend at a high school speech and debate tournament to have their faith restored.”                     Curt Stedron (School Teacher)
Sunday Debate Workshop


Sign up for Middle School Tournament #1 (10/7)
Sign up for High School Tournamnet #1 (10/21)


Dear Friend,

This week we shout out the beginning of the debate season with NYC Middle School Debate Tournament #1 kicking off in two different locations on Saturday October 7th - Brooklyn and Manhattan and already over 100 teams signed up! Wow!  And what an incredible diversity of five different topics from North Korea proliferation to youth competitive sports....

  • Resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea’s best interest.
  • This House would make hate speech illegal.
  • This House would require immigrants to learn English.
  • This House believes youth competitive sports do more harm than good.
  • Resolved: Humans are fundamentally different from other animals.
And two weekends later our High School Tournament #1 kicks off with two topics:
Public Forum Debate
Resolved: Deployment of anti-missile systems is in South Korea’s best interest.
Policy Debate
Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its funding and/or regulation of elementary and/or secondary education in the United States.
It is not too late to register! Wednesday 5:00pm of the tournament weekend is the deadline. Click here to register for the middle school tournament! Click here to register for the high school tournament! Students and Parents! Make sure to complete the school year permission slip form.  (High School Form and Middle School Form).  Volunteers and Everyone... We need your support! Every tournament requires judges! Please click here to sign up to judge or volunteer for our October and/or November Tournaments!  It is only because of volunteers like you that over 2000 students and 100 schools can participate in debate. And thank you for last year making us the largest urban debate league in the nation. Debate is a life changer for students. I owe everything to my own debate teacher in high school. So thank you everyone for supporting debate and making debate accessible to all. 
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10/24 - Youth Leadership Council Meeting & Intelligence Squared Debate Night
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"I am Debate!" Girls Debate League Kick Off Event!  

Saturday, September 16, 2017 was the launch of the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) inaugural Girls Debate League workshop series. The first workshop, hosted at New York University Steinhardt School, focused on Debate & Identity. The participants were a collective of New York City elementary through high school aged girls, who came together because of their differences, embracing their age, race, ethnicity, and gender for the sake of debate. This workshop represented the forming of a community in which they could openly and safely discuss what drives them in debate rounds...

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The NYC Urban Debate League Explains It All!

New York City Sophist, "In the Bin Podcast," September 25th, 2017

NYC Urban Debate League staff featured on debate podcast by Professor Stephen Llano of St. John's University and Coach of the St. John's University Debate Team. Thank you to Professor Llano for all your support of the urban debate league!

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Policy Debate Workshop Sunday (10/1)

Thank you everyone for coming to our first Policy Debate Workshop ... on a Sunday! Over 50 attendees across NYC and New Jersey! Wow! Thank you to all our staff and student leaders for organizing! Huge shout out to Jessica McIntoshLong Branch High School Debate Team especially for photos! Thank you to to Brooklyn Technical High SchoolStuyvesant Speech & DebateClara Barton High SchoolHunter College High SchoolInstitute For Collaborative Education, and many other schools joining us! Thank you to our guest speaker, Mr. Jonathon McIntosh who served as White House Teacher Ambassador under the Obama administration! What better guest to talk education policy!! Wow! First Policy Debate tournament is October 21st! 

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Middle School Debate League: Two New Debate Events! Big Questions Debate and Policy Debate!  October 7th is Middle School Tournament #1!

We kick off the NYC Middle School Debate Season on Saturday, October 7th at PS 161 and Berkeley Carroll. And we feature the new middle school debate event of Big Questions Debate (1 topic all year) as well as our traditional Parliamentary and Public Forum Debate Formats. Additionally, middle school debaters are welcome to participate in our HS Policy Debate Tournaments which we kick off October 21st! 

Click here for the Middle School Calendar


High School Debate League Tournament #1 is on October 21st!

We kick off the NYC High School Debate season on Saturday, October 21st at the Institute for Collaborative Education. We feature the new high school division of Beginners Policy Debate which is open to Middle School Debaters as well.

Click here for the High School Calendar

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Girls Debate League

In preparation for our next Girls Debate League Workshop (tentatively on November 4th) we seek your insights and expertise. The Girls Debate League understands that gender inequality continues to exist and thrives at different levels of society. Therefore, we utilize debate as a vehicle to actively acknowledge injustices and create a safe space for individuals who identify as female to challenge the status quo.

Come join us in planning and designing a workshop that will impact the lives of our girl debaters. Your skills and knowledge as a coach, debater, mother, alumni, lawyer, or volunteer can make a difference!

Click here to register!

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NYC Debate Club 

Thank you everyone for attending Debate Club yesterday! Thank you to all our volunteers for making the day so incredible!

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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