Join Us at the Minneapolis Institute of Art for the 2024 Mayors Challenge: The Great AI Debate

Support Minnesota Students At the 2024 MNUDL Mayors Challenge: The Great AI Debate

The Minnesota Urban Debate League is proud to present its 12th annual fundraiser – the 2024 Mayors Challenge: The Great AI Debate, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. 

Since 2012, our Mayors Challenge event has brought together education advocates from across the Twin Cities to watch our empowering, informative showcase debate. 

In this year’s debate, four debaters, who represent our partner schools across the Twin Cities, will split into two teams and debate issues related to AI and intellectual property rights, the 2024-25 policy debate topic. We have invited experts in AI and intellectual property rights to serve on our VIP panel. Join our event to enjoy a compelling debate, network with other individuals who care deeply about local education, and support our students.

Register for the event today as an individual or organizational sponsor!


5:00 – 6:00 – Cocktail Reception 

6:05 – 8:30: Debate Program

(Details TBA)

2024 Champion of Change

In 2018, we launched our Champions of Change awards to honor the changemakers in our community who model courageous leadership and inspire our students. Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2023 Champion of Change! 

  • 2018: Representative Ilhan Omar 
  • 2019: Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan
  • 2020: Justice David Lillehaug
  • 2021: James C. Burroughs II (Children’s Minnesota) 
  • 2022: National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan
  • 2023: MN Attorney General Keith Ellison 
  • 2024: TBA
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Sponsorship Options

Check out our full sponsorship packet here and share it with your colleagues! Please direct any questions about the sponsorship packet to: Amy Cram Helwich at

Read the Full Sponsorship Packet

Event Details

Mayors Challenge students with Mayor Frey

Watch this space for more information about the event, including parking, dress code, meals, and more!

Why Debate?

Abdi speaking

Mission Driven

Join us in-person in September to make your investment in our youth leaders, advocates, and future policy makers. The Minnesota Urban Debate League supports students to become engaged learners, critical thinkers, active global citizens, and effective advocates for themselves and their communities. We serve more than 1,300 students in multiple districts across the Twin Cities Metro.

Programming includes:

  • High School MSHSL Debate
  • Middle School Policy Debate
  • Spanish Debate League
  • East African Debate
  • Financial Literacy Leadership Debates
  • Summer Speech & Debate Camp

Your sponsorship ensures students across the metro area will have access to this leadership pipeline program. 

Why Debate? 

In our program, debaters learn to deeply research and advocate for multiple angles of crucial contemporary issues. Students gain skills in debate that set them up for success in the classroom and in life. Research shows that debaters vs. non-debaters have higher MCA reading scores, GPAs, ACT scores, graduation rates, and acceptance to college. Your sponsorship dollars ensure students in the Twin Cities Metro can access this transformative activity. 

Our vision is that the benefits of debate should be available to every Minnesota student. Help us amplify student voice and achievement. Sponsor a table today. 

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