THE GIRLS DEBATE LEAGUE
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ABOUT THE GIRLS DEBATE LEAGUE The New York City Urban Debate League founded the first girls debate league in the nation. This was brought about by several of our young women debaters coming together and proposing their own topics for tournaments rather than following the traditional national topics. The Girls Debate League is founded not simply as just a competitive debate league, but as a holistic program of debate education with community partnerships with the Bella Azubg Leadership Institute, women’s issues study, guest speakers, youth empowerment, advocacy training, skills, and other content areas. One of its goals is to provide the one of the best educational opportunities for women of all ages.
GIRLS DEBATE LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CALENDAR The Girls Debate Program features day long tournaments in the Fall and Spring semesters. We often host these tournaments in partnership with the Bella Azbug Leadership Institute at Hunter College. The mornings include workshops with discussions and leadership skills. The afternoons include debates. The goal is to introduce all our young women to public speaking, debate skills, techniques, as well as college, career, and leadership prep. September: Girls Debate League Fall Semester Tournament March: : Women's History Month Girls Debate League Tournament June: Girls Debate League Championships July: Girls Summer Debate Tournament
MONTHLY WORKSHOPS Each month at our monthly debate tournaments, we have a break out workshop for all young women who are interested in The Girls Debate Program. The workshop features guest speakers on women’s issues, discussions, and debates among our students. There are also leadership seminars, as well as special programs like public speaking competitions, poetry competitions and writing competitions. Our participants vote for the topics of the upcoming tournaments at these meetings. September - Introduction to Girls Debate League October - Debate Skills Workshops November - Debate Skills Workshop II December - Debate Skills Workshop III January - Debate Skills Workshop IV February - Summer Debate Institute Opportunities March - Girls Debate League Tournament Prep April - Summer Debate Institute Opportunities May - Girls Debate League Tournament Prep June - Summer Debate Institute Opportunities July - Bella Azbug Leadership Institute Program August - Summer Debate Institute Opportunities