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NYC Great Debaters Weekly!

Summer Debate Camp Season Begins!

Dear Friend,

This week we shout out our Summer Debate Institutes!  Our last debate tournament of the school year was last Thursday!  The 2018-2019 debate season is officially over!! Now the 2018-2019 Season begins in July! From Hunter College to Silberman Graduate School of Social Work to the Harlem Education and Activities Fund to Maspeth High School to Girls Debate with the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute - over 200 students and 100 instructors, lab assistants and Summer Leaders will participate in our summer debate institutes. And it is not too late to register! Click here to sign up! See your debate coach for scholarships for all UDL debaters!  Email us at if any questions about summer debate camp! 1 Week Camps, 2 Week Camps, Summer Debate Tournaments, Tracks for Novice and Varsity Debaters, Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Parliamentary Debate and more!  Middle School and High School! Breakfast and lunch included! Games! Raffles! Friends! Welcome to the Summer of Debate! - Erik,


Upcoming Events   

6/30 - Summer Camp Staff Training
Summer Debate Institutes!
Middle School Summer Debate Institutes 

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Middle School Quality Initiative Debate Championships!
CUNY Law School (6/14) 

Thursday, MSQI and NYC Urban Debate League held our last Tournament of the school year. Many students, Parents, and coaches from all across the boroughs traveled to CUNY Law School to support these debaters in their final championships tournament. From SWAG gifts, to DELICIOUS food catered by Panera Bread, made the date a day to remember. Thank you t the Middle School Quality Initiative for its incredible support of scholastic debate and an incredible City Championships! Click here for our blog and tournament results! 

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Girls Debate Night
Morgan Lewis Law Firm (6/13) 

Thank you to Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP for hosting our 2018 Morgan Lewis Girls Debate Invitational! Speed mentoring and workshops with attorneys. Debate topics included the statute of limitations on sexual assault. And an amazing dinner with attorneys. Thank you to everyone for making this event possible!

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Debate Educators Conference

(Debate Con IX)! (6/7)

Thank you everyone for attending our Spring Debate Educators Conference... Debate Con IX. Thank you to legendary debate coach of Stuyvesant High School, Julie Sheinman, for being our keynote Speaker. Thank you to all our guest workshop instructors who facilitated sessions on everything from Travel Teams to introduction to debate formats. Also thank you for all our guests in an inspirational community meeting on diversity in debate. Finally, thank you to documentary filmmakers for showing the new debate documentary of PS 161. See you in the Fall for Debate Con X! Click here for Photo Album! Click here for the Program and Schedule of the Day! 


Middle School End of the Year Celebration (6/9)  

Thank you to everyone attending our 2018 Middle School End of Year Celebration! Pot Luck! Awards! Basketball! Hula Hoops! Board Games! and More! Thank you to Hunters Point Community Middle School for hosting!! Beautiful terrace overlooking the water and skyline of Manhattan. Thank you to all our parents, coaches, students, alumni, volunteers, teachers and everyone for making 2018 our best year yet! Click here for our Photo Album!  Click here for our special Photo Album of just all the amazing foods of the Pot Luck... BBQ, Cupcakes, Cornbread, Chicken, Rice, Cookies, Doughnuts, Salad, Mozzarella Sticks, Chicken Fingers, Shrimp, Empanadas, Pizza, and more! 


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Spring Fundraiser: 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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