Brown Rudnick Center for Public Interest. Our earliest supporter, funder, and pro bono counsel is the law firm of Brown Rudnick. Brown Rudnick discovered the debate league when we were a small after school program operating in a single classroom in a school - fundraising through cupcake sales. Through Brown Rudnick's support we became a 501c3 Nonprofit and expanded citywide. The rest is history!
The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE): The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) is a unique partnership between the NYCDOE, Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI), NYCUDL, individual schools and NYC school networks. The NYCUDL works closely with the NYCDOE, to offer high-quality competitive debate programming in New York City Public Schools.
Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI): The NYCUDL partners with the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute each summer and school year to provide debate education opportunities to young women including the BALI Women’s History Month Debate Tournament, the BALI Summer Debate Leadership Program, and many other additional programs!
The City University of New York (CUNY): The NYCUDL partners with the City University of New York to assemble a top tournament staff, tournament host sites, and college prep opportunities for our students.
Columbia University: Columbia University has generously hosted hundreds of students for our debate tournaments and summer institutes, during which NYCUDL students attend special workshops and educational opportunities at Columbia University.
Hunter College: Hunter College has generously hosted our summer Manhattan Debate Institute – one of the largest summer debate programs in the city with elementary, middle school and high school debate divisions. Our students have the opportunity to take advantage of state of the art computer facilities, college classrooms, and university professors.
New York Cares: The New York City Urban Debate League is one of the city’s largest volunteer programs – engaging hundreds of volunteers each month as citizen judges for the city’s scholastic debate tournaments. New York Cares is one of our largest volunteer participant programs.
New York City Service: New York City Service is one of our largest volunteer coordinating programs. Judges of our debate tournaments need not be former debaters, but have a passion for supporting our youth. We provide judge training and orientation at each tournament.
Metro Hudson Debate League (MHL). The Metro-Hudson League, designed as it is to provide debate opportunities to younger students, is an important part of our overall high school debate program in the northeast. The NYCUDL partners with the MHL each year for workshops and tournaments.
New York Catholic Forensics League (CFL): The NYCUDL partners with the New York Catholic Forensics League and the Brooklyn Queens Catholic Forensics League to provide additional tournament opportunities for our debaters.
New York State Debate Coaches Association (NYSDCA). The New York State Debate Coaches Association seeks to grow debate in the state, to develop infrastructure that responds to the contemporary and growing needs of the evolving debate community in the state, and to recognize the significant accomplishments of debaters, debate coaches, and debate programs in the state.
National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA). We partner with the National Debate Coaches Association each year to provide the best educational opportunities for our teachers. The NDCA provides best practices in coaching and teaching, fosters curriculum development, compiling of coaching resources, the Open Evidence Project, providing professional development opportunities, and promotion of regional debate.
The National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA). We have a unique partnership with the National Speech and Debate Association which provides all our member schools with free memberships and access to NSDCA educational resources, student and teacher educational accounts, summer debate institute scholarships for students and teachers, professional development and webinars for educators, qualifications for our debaters to attend the National Championships, and host of the National Championship Tournament – the largest academic competition in the world.
Invitational Tournaments: Our top debaters travel across the east coast and country to some of the nation’s top tournaments. We thank these tournaments for their support each year. These travel tournament partners include Yale University, Harvard University, Georgetown University, Princeton University, Manchester High School, Lexington High School, Lakeland High School, and Walt Whitman High School.
National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL): NAUDL’s mission is to establish and support urban debate leagues across the country and facilitate cooperation among urban debate leagues. The NYCUDL is one of about 20 member organizations in the NAUDL.
Posse Foundation: The NYCUDL is a Posse Foundation nominator. Posse is one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the United States and provide full scholarship opportunities for students.
The Forensics Files: This organization provides easy-to-use topic briefs and classroom materials that helped coaches and students throughout the U.S. and the world achieve success. https://www.theforensicsfiles.com/
Youth Inc. Partner
NYC Office of the Mayor
The NYCUDL keeps its students informed about opportunities with partners and other institutions through the NYCUDL program website.