Debate Club

Debate Club

 

Debate Club, which is now open to students in grades 3-11, will meet virtually in our easy to use online classrooms from 9:30-11:30 on the following Sundays (please note the move from Saturday to Sunday).

 

 

 

 

September 20
September 27
October 4
October 18
October 25 (Debate Club: Tournament 1)
November 8
November 15
November 22
December 6
December 13 (Debate Club: Tournament 2)

Debate Club helps participants (grades 3 and above) hone key speaking and debating skills.

By joining NYC Urban Debate League Club, debaters will improve the following:

  • Public Speaking Skills & Confidence
  • Critical Thinking & Analytical Reading Skills
  • Research & Writing Skills
  • Overall Debate Skills

Tuition

The registration fee of $575  helps to cover the cost of the instructors, administration and technology.  Most importantly, Debate Club tuition supports our mission to expand access to debate to underserved schools and students. All payments are non-refundable. 

Questions?

Why Debate Club for my Child?

  • Practice Public Speaking Skills in a fun environment. #1 Fear in America is public speaking! Public Speaking is essential for school, college, career, and community.
  • College Preparedness.  Study after study shows debate increases every Academic Skill (Reading, Writing, Researching, Critical Thinking, Listening) and every Academic Subject (Current Events, Philosophy, Civics, Political Science, Economics). Click here to learn more about the academic benefits of debate.
  • Gain Confidence. “Hello, I am 12 years old, and I am a debater.  When I got my first trophy it was amazing.  I felt like a queen.  That trophy was the first trophy I have ever gotten in my life.  That trophy changed my life forever.  I was nervous when I got it too.  I just want to say thank you, thank you for everything. – Anissa P., 6th Grade, Great Debater. Read more student testimonials.
  • Build Leadership Skills. “Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a Supreme Court justice, but you might not know that until you join the debate team.” – President Barack Obama. Click here to learn more about debaters throughout history.
  • 21st Century Skills. “Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity.  In a number of respects, competitive urban debate is almost 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 Arne Duncan, honoring our debaters in Washington D.C.
  • Fun! Participate in fun, competitive, educational debate rounds every month!
  • Community.  The NYC Urban Debate League is like no other debate league in the nation. We build an incredible vertical community of adult debaters, alumni debaters, college debaters, high school debaters and middle school debaters who all work together.  Learn more.  Learn from Parents how we build an incredible community for students.
  • Year Round Opportunities. In addition to our Fall and Spring Semester Debate Club, we also offer Summer Debate Programs. Learn more.
Debate Club Registration

Student Information

Grade Level *
Please indicate any debate experience, awards, accomplishments. Any specific debate events you are interested in? Have you participated in Debate Club before?

Parent/Guardian Information

Permission Slip

Tuition
There is a registration fee of $575/semester for debate club which helps to cover the cost of the instructors, facilities, tournament registration, and tournament meals. And most importantly supports our mission to expand access to underserved schools and students that do not have access to scholastic debate. All payments are non-refundable.

Parent/Guardian Consent
Permission to participate in the NYCUDL. I do hereby consent that my child may participate in the stated activity, and in consideration for the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) giving its time and supervision of such activity, do hereby personally on behalf of my child, absolve and release the NYCUDL, its agents and volunteers from any claim of personal injuries which might be sustained by my child while participating in such activities, or while returning to his/her home.

Student Code of Conduct.
I understand that my child will be expected to sign and follow a code of conduct to participate in the stated activity, and that, in the event of inappropriate behavior by my child, I may be contacted and asked to pick up him/her.

Media Consent.
I, as the parent or legal guardian of the minor named below, hereby grant permission to New York City Urban Debate League, Inc. (NYCUDL), or persons contracted by the NYCUDL, to take photographs and/or video/audio recordings of my child in connection with his/her participation in the New York City Urban Debate League for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, and without limiting any other provision of this Consent, for the purposes of a documentary series in development by Made-By-Hand, LLC in connection with the NYCUDL, I also give unrestricted permission to Made-By-Hand, LLC and its assigns to record and edit photographs, video, sounds, voice, and media of my child in connection with his/her participation in the New York City Urban Debate League for the 2019-2020 school year for the documentary project currently titled "Up for Debate" without limitations, in perpetuity, and in all media.

Furthermore, I grant permission to the NYCUDL to publish in print, electronic, or video format the likeness or image of my child obtained during the 2019-2020 school year for public relations, educational, or any other lawful purposes. I further agree that my child’s name and identity may be revealed in connection with the likeness or image. I authorize the use of my child’s likeness or image without compensation to my child or me. All negatives, positives, prints, digital reproductions, and video recordings shall be the property of the NYCUDL barring the recordings by Made-By-Hand, LLC and its assigns in which case, Made-By-Hand, LLC will retain ownership.

Online Rules

The NYCUDL Institute should be a positive learning experience for all participants. Our aim is to provide an advanced academic program for mature elementary, junior high and high school students. All participants agree to respect the rights and feelings of other workshop students and staff. These rules are not meant to be exhaustive. It goes without saying that the institute is not a “sanctuary” for conduct that violates state and/or federal law.

Our staff is here to teach and will not be distracted by students who are unable to work responsibly with others. Therefore, students who violate our communal norms will be expelled from the workshop. Expelled students will not receive any refund of tuition.

Minor Offenses that unreasonably inconvenience other students or staff members will be dealt with through consultation. Staff will first consult with the student about his or her behavior. If that consultation fails to correct the problem, staff will consult with parents. Should that fail to correct the problem, the student will be expelled. Minor offenses include, but are not limited to, lateness to scheduled activities, roll-calls, or room-checks; refusal to participate in scheduled academic activities, such as practice debates and lab drills; any electronic harassment or cyberbullying of others; disrespectful speech or affect directed to staff and/or inappropriate use of networked classroom space.

Rules of Conduct

1. Attendance at all classes is required.

2. Although students are at home, they are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for an educational setting. Clothing will be deemed inappropriate if it is disturbing to other students or in any way interferes with the educational process. Students are prohibited from wearing clothing and accessories that: have slogans, comments or designs that are obscene, lewd or vulgar; advertise alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or illegal drugs; are directed against or intended to demean individuals based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, religion, etc. Students wearing clothing deemed inappropriate will be asked to change.

3. The password students are given to enter classrooms.debate.nyc are confidential and should never be shared with anyone

4. Any other technological location references to the room should not be shared with anyone.

Payment

Your credit card will be charged the tuition fee. *