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Youth Leadership Council

New York City Urban Debate League Youth Leadership Council

What We Do

Youth Leadership Councils (YLCs) was established through an effort by NYC Service to develop future leaders and create a culture of youth voice in our city. YLCs are groups of trained young people between ages 14-21 and in high school, who work with adult leaders on a defined area of policy, practices and/or advocacy service to impact individuals and communities with a focus on youth. After all, who can be better at creating effective policies for youth than young people themselves?

The NYC Debate Youth Leadership Council (YLC) was founded to support the mission of the Urban Debate League that ALL youth should have the best debate education opportunities. The YLC works to support this mission with meetings, supporting tournaments and debate events, feedback to improve the debate league, hosting special events, volunteering and more!


Monthly Meetings

We meet each month at the Office of the NYC Urban Debate League at 25 Broadway, 12th Floor from 4:00pm-6:00pm. We then have an optional Debate Night opportunity at Lincoln Center with Intelligence Squared Debates, and/or other opportunities. Dinner is on us!  Click here to sign up for the Youth Leadership Council! We meet at our office between 4:00pm-4:30pm.  NYCUDL Staff will review upcoming events and opportunities for the first 15 minutes and the rest of the meeting will be led and facilitated by Students. Dinner will be served! At 6:00pm we will depart for our Debate Night at Lincoln Center!


Who We Are

The Students Committee is for student leaders of the NYC debate league. This committee is ideal for student captains of debate teams, students looking to volunteer, students with ideas on how to improve the debate league, and just getting more involved in debate. Benefits of joining: Improve the Debate League, Opportunities in the Debate League (Volunteer, Internship, Scholarships, Debate Nights), Make changes in Policy, Create a Culture of Youth Voice, Personal and Professional Skill Development, College and Career Readiness, Network with City leaders, Network with Student Leaders and Debaters, Resume Builder, Develop References, Advocate for Your Community, Make New Friends, Earn Community Service Hours, Pursue Your Passion, Gain Leadership Experience, Join a Community of Citywide Youth Leaders, Receive a Certificate of Achievement Signed by the Mayor, and More!