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Spring Fundraiser is July 12th! Sign Up Now!

Dear Friend,  

Happy 4th of July!!!  And the celebration continues next week with our annual spring fundraiser, "Celebrate Debate!" on July 12th... only 8 days away! Click here to purchase your ticket! Or if unable to go in person, please consider donating or purchasing a ticket for an alumni or parent/guardian to attend as well. The NYC Urban Debate League is the largest scholastic debate league in the nation and that is only made possibly by our incredible supporters, donors and volunteers who make everything possible! Last year: 2000+ debaters, 150+ debate schools, 28 debate tournaments, 13,945 rounds of debate, 33 debate topics, 1690 volunteers, 13,520 volunteer hours, 200+ summer debaters, and 5 summer debate institutes. All this because of donors and supporters like you. And so please consider supporting the NYCUDL so next year will be even more historic! And your ticket does not just support debate, it gives you an evening of food, drink, and fun!  And we’ll have a raffle for some incredible prizes, including: (1) 5-day family vacation in Cancun, Mexico, (2) John Oliver Tickets, (3) Concert Tickets to the Arctic Monkeys, (4) Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament, (5) Sahara Sam's OasisIndoor and Outdoor Water Park. We will also be joined by some of our incredible alumni and debaters who reached the Sweet 16 of the Tournament of Champions!n Thank you for supporting debate! Click here to purchase your ticket!  - Sincerely, Erik Fogel


Upcoming Events   



Harlem Summer Debate Institute Begins! (7/2)

This week kicks off NYC Summer Debate Institutes! This week is the Harlem Summer Debate Institute (HDI). Thank you to the Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF) for hosting.Thank you to the West Harlem Development Corporation for making everything possible! Thank you to Harlem Debate Director, Tyler Beattie and the incredible staff of HDI and all our incredible Summer Leaders!!!! Click here for Day 1 Photo Album! Click here for Day 2 Photo Album! 

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Summer Leaders Conference (7/1)

NYCUDL Summer Leaders Day! Thank you to all our Summer Debate Institute staff and volunteers for spending their Saturday on getting ready for Debate Camps! Lesson Planning! Breakfast! Topic lectures! Plenty of Pizza and Panera goodies! Workshops! Camp T-Shirts and more! Thank you to Board Members, Amisha Mody and Stefan Bauschard for leading! Thank you to everyone for kicking off Summer Debate 2018! 


NYC Debaters Top in the Nation... Again! (6/27)

NYC Urban Debate League schools represent at the Middle School National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Florida!!!! The National Speech & Debate Association's High School & Middle School Championships is the largest academic competition in the world with thousands of students across the world competing!!! Shout outs to UDL Schools for participating including Hunters Point Community MS, TAG Young Scholars, Yorkville East, Poly Prep and many other schools!! And a special shout out to Yorkville East - defeating some of the top teams from across the country and world to reach the Octofinals - Sweet 16 of the Tournament!! Congrats everyone!!! Click here for complete results! 

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Day of Pride (6/26)

Shout Outs to NYC debaters, NYC Department of Education students, teachers, staff and school members marching in solidarity with the LGTBQ community and 2 million people during the 2018 NYC Pride March!!! In a time when individual rights are being rolled back from immigration to LGBTQ and the United States literal rank as a democracy has quickly been slipping - these are the days that show us our unity, our goodness, our potential as human beings and citizens and always marching towards Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Beloved Community." While there will always be issues, "The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice." - MLK. Check out photos from this year's march! A Day for Pride

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Celebrate Debate (7/12) 

This year we dedicate "Celebrate Debate" to celebrating the memories of David Budinger who unexpectedly passed this June. David was our founding Board Chair and reason why we have a NYC Urban Debate League. David dedicated everything to support thousands of students, and hundreds of teachers and schools. On Thursday July 12, we will be at the offices of Gibson Dunn, home to many former debaters and an incredible supporter of the activity.  Your ticket doesn’t just support debate, it gives you an evening of food, drink, and fun.  And we’ll have a raffle for some incredible prizes: including tickets to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, along with a swag bag including an autographed photo, And More!  Click here to purchase a ticket and/or donate! 


Join us for the summer of 2018 at the nation's largest debate league and summer program.  NYC Debate hosts 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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