About Flip the Debate 2016

WHAT?

The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election presents an opportunity to engage urban debaters by holding a national virtual debate tournament with an East Coast (New York City Urban Debate League) – West Coast (Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League) challenge in the fall.  NYCUDL and NAUDL’s Presidential Virtual Debates leverages evidence-based argumentation to increase youth civic engagement, offering students the opportunity to debate their peers, gain feedback from community members, and win scholarships.The 2016 U.S. Presidential Election presents an opportunity to engage urban debaters by holding a national virtual debate tournament with an East Coast (New York City Urban Debate League) – West Coast (Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League) challenge in the fall.

WHO?

Fifty students from the New York and Los Angeles debate leagues, judged by 100 volunteers, will compete over the course of five weeks.

WHY?

The NYCUDL and NAUDL seek to raise public awareness about the benefits of urban debate in cultivating 21st century skills.   By exploring both political parties’ side of election topics and using evidence-based argumentation to debate their peers, urban debaters strengthen critical thinking and communication skills.

THE HARDEST ISSUES:

Minimum Wage, Free Trade, Gun Reform, and Isis.