New York City Urban Debate League

Improved graduation rates

Over 90% of our high school seniors graduate from high school and are accepted to college.

“Due to my involvement in debate the HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program) staff took interest in me and accepted me to Hamilton College via their HEOP program which I received a full scholarship to Hamilton College. In the letter they said they were most impressed with my debate achievements and being captain on the debate team! Debate has given me so many skills and knowledge. We learn about things we do not learn in class and we compete against the best in the nation. I would not be valedictorian of my school if it wasn’t for debate! In college I hope to keep on working to help debaters in the Bronx.”

– Erika Marte
12th Grade, Debater at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice, Gates Millennium Scholar