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Our Mission

Every school should have a debate team.

 Every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities.

 

Up to September 2011 less than 1% of Title I low income schools in NYC had debate teams and less than 1% of NYC youth participated in debate. Our mission is every school in NYC should have a debate team and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, and civic opportunities through year round academic debate. We support debate practices every day, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, and debate camps all summer. We are one of the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs.

 

“Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity. In a number of respects, competitive urban debate is uniquely suited to building what’s been called the ‘Four C’s’ of 21st century skills—critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. And to that list I might add a fifth ‘C’— for civic awareness and engagement.”

– US Secretary of Education honoring our debaters in Washington DC.