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NYC Great Debaters Weekly!

New York Times Last Week! Middle School Tournament #1 this Week! 

Dear Friend,  

Last week we shouted out the Great Debaters of New York City after their invitation to meet President Clinton, Actor Alec Baldwin, Hip Hop Artist Common, Dr. Ruth, so many other incredible and inspiring individuals. This week we shout out Program Director Aubrey Semple's interview with the New York Times on the New York State Governor's Debate as well as successful techniques to use to win debates!  According to Aubrey, “The best defense is detecting weakness and trying to spin that narrative as early as possible." Click here to check out the New York Times article! Speaking of Debate Winners, this week we also feature an article on two NYCUDL high school debaters who already qualified to the Tournament of Champions (read below!) Finally, we shout out this Weekend of Workshops - two boroughs, three workshops and over 100 students participating in our season kick off workshops! Click here for photo album! And don't forget to sign up for Tournament #1!  Schools click here to sign up! Volunteers and judges click here to sign up! Good luck at Tournament #1!  - Erik,


      Upcoming Events       

Middle School Tournament #1.
Registration deadline Monday!
Tournament on 9/29 at 9:00am! 

Join us for the first Middle School Tournament of the Year! Registration deadline is tomorrow (Monday) 5:00pm. Click here to register your school for the tournament! The NYCUDL is proud to introduce the new debate event of Youth City Council/Congressional Debate. For many years we have piloted Congressional Debate at our City and State Championships. This year we are piloting it at all our middle school tournaments! We start with a Workshop to introduce everyone to Congressional/City Council Debate! And of course we continue Parliamentary Debate and Public Forum Debate at Tournament #1 as well! Click here for the Parliamentary topics and Resources! Click here for the Public Forum Debate Topic and Resources!  Click here for Congressional/Youth City Council Resources! Click here to register for Tournament #1! Click here to judge at Tournament #1!  


Weekend Warriors!!

Weekend of Debate Workshops! (9/22)

Huge shout outs to over 100 students, parents, volunteers and staff participating in three different workshops across two boroughs yesterday (9/22)! In the Bronx thank you everyone for attending our Bronx Debate Season Kick Off Workshop at PS/MS 15 Institute for Environmental Studies! In Manhattan thank you everyone for attending the NYC Middle School Debate Club! And thank you for everyone attending the NYC High School Debate Club! Click here to sign up for our Debate Clubs - the debate team of New York City! 

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The Debate Team of the City: NYC Debate Clubs!

Middle School Debate Club - Saturday 10am-12pm

High School Debate Club - Saturday 12pm-2pm

No Debate Team at your school? Then join the NYC Debate Club! We are the Debate Team of New York City so that all students have the opportunity to be Debaters. And this year we have become the largest debate team in NYC! Join us on Saturdays for incredible coaches, practice debates, workshops, games, Current Events Trivia, food, fun and friends! Click here to register! Registration is open all school year! 

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NYCUDL Debaters Qualify to the Tournament of Champions! 

Huge shout outs to Julio Cordero and Rajendara Singh (Leadership and Public Service High School) for their automatic qualification to the Tournament of Champions (TOCs) based on their performance last year at the TOCs.  Their team also reached Semifinals at one of the first tournaments this year at Byram Hills! And then this Saturday led a demo debate for a new generation of middle school debaters and future leaders... not to mention an entire summer of volunteering at our summer camps to help high school and middle school debaters. So regardless of the Tournament of Champions, are just overall Champions of Debate!


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