Digital Programs 2020

Summer E-Institute Grades 3-12

Join us for a summer of fun & debate!  Registration is now open for our E-Summer Institute. Seats are limited. Take advantage of our early bird pricing and register today.

Note: Scholarships are available to low-income students of member schools. See your coach for details.

Free Program

Weekly Web Debates, a Written War of Words 

Grades 6-12

Students can sharpen their research and writing skills while discussing policies that are affecting them in real-time through our new Weekly Web Debate Contest. Prizes and awesome feedback included! Sign up here.

Tuition-Based Programs

New Debate Club Spring Session


We have added more sessions of Debate Club from May 16- June 13.  Debate Club is a great way to hone in on public speaking, debate, and research skills. It also serves as a fundraiser to help us continue our mission of making debate accessible to all. Register here.

Junior Speakers Program

We are excited to expand our debate club and summer institute program to elementary students in grades 3 and above.  Students will learn the art of rhetoric while engaging in fun speaking drills and sparring against one another over pressing topics. Register here.

Free Programs for Coaches and Students from Member Schools

Book Club

Debate is all about ideas, policies, and how they affect real people.  Join us as we take a deep dive into some of these concepts.

High school

High Schoolers will be reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.  HS Book Club meets on Thursdays from 4-5:30 pm with Aubrey Semple starting April 30. Participants will be selected from those who register at: NYCUDL HS Debate Book Club.

Middle school

Middle schoolers will be reading Barbara Ehrenreich’s Nickel and Dimed. MS Book Club meets on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 with Loretta Brady starting April 29th.  Participants will be selected from those who register at: NYCUDL MS Debate Book Club.


Ask Aubrey

Coaches, please join our Programming Director, Aubrey Semple, for weekly outreach and Q&A on all things debate. Open to all coaches who serve our 2019-2020 member schools.


Teacher Support

Let us help you get your debate team up and running online. We can meet in your classroom ours.  Our outreach coordinators can help design a fun, engaging, and interactive practice. Please contact to schedule a visit today.