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We miss seeing you at tournaments – but we’re still here for you.

We’ve gathered resources that may be useful for students, teachers, and parents during this time which is colored by COVID-19 concerns. If you know of any other resources to add to our list, please reach out to us at, and we’ll be sure to include them.

Remember: we may be socially distant, but our league is still staying strong together.

Urban Debaters

Debate Resources:

  • Emory University’s Summer Debate Webinar Series: Emory University is hosting 3 free webinars to help debaters make the most of this unstable period before the next competitive season starts, including webinars for those attending a debate camp and those who do not plan to attend. Learn more & register here.
  • National Speech & Debate Association: NSDA debate resources (including Nationals videos, textbooks, topic resources, webinar recordings, and more) are free for member schools through July. 
  • Register for All-Online MDAW now. Stay connected with debate this summer. Please note: full and partial scholarships are still available!

Distance Learning

Distance Learning Resources:


For Graduating Seniors:

  • Join the National High School Yearbook: Are you a graduating senior? XQ Super School, a partner of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), has begun a #GraduateTogether project to recognize graduating seniors nationwide. You can be featured by submitting your portrait, thanking a teacher, or writing a memory of your favorite moments. You can also keep your speaking skills sharp by submitting your own video commencement address – and earn $5,000 if your video is chosen to be broadcasted. Submit your photos, stories, and commencement addresses here.
  • Win $1,000 For Your Thoughts: The Girls’ Voices At Home campaign wants to know: “How Has the Coronavirus Changed Your Senior Year?” Answer this prompt in a video format by May 24th, and you’ll get the chance to win $1,000. Learn more and apply here.
  • Need Summer Work? MN Reading & Math Corps has both remote and in-person job opportunities between June 5th and August 15th. If you are 18+ and need summer work from 6/5-8/15, become an Emergency Response Worker. You’ll provide aid like emergency food distribution, distance learning support, and helping older adults cope with social isolation, plus earn a stipend and education award. Learn more and apply by May 20th. 
  • Reach Out to Us! We want to celebrate you and your accomplishments via social media. Please fill out our Senior Celebration form.


Health & Wellness Resources:

  • Coping:
    • Free Health & Wellbeing Resources from UMN: Visit University of Minnesota’s Bakken Center for free wellness resources. Learn more at the Bakken Center.
    • Self-Guided COVID-19 Anxiety Workbook: This workbook, provided free from the University of Arkansas’ Pat Walker Health Center, can be used on its own or alongside their daily anxiety webinar. Learn more and download the guide.
    • MN Mental Health Support: Find resources for mental health help at the Minnesota State COVID-19 website.
    • Connect With Others for Positive Solutions: Star Tribune has developed a new Youtube Series, “Tomorrow Together”, which focuses on positive solutions to challenges facing teenage & young adult Minnesotans during COVID-19. View the channel and learn more here.
    • Use Wellness Practices Grounded in Science: The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley has evidence-based, informative resources for wellness during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • COVID-19 Prevention:
    • Make And Wear Your Own Mask. The CDC recommends wearing a face mask. Simple sewing and no-sew patterns are available. Here are two comprehensive homemade mask pattern compilations from Mashable and Vox.
    • Crowdsourcing COVID-19 Symptoms with SafeDistance: The free app SafeDistance, developed by HealthPartners & The University of Minnesota, provides instant social distancing recommendations based on your symptoms and location. Use it online or via the app.


Scholarship & Contest Opportunities

Use your free time to take advantage of new & extended student opportunities.

  • Do You Miss Your Teachers? Show them some appreciation. When you submit a video thank-you about a teacher you appreciate to Girls’ Voices At Home, you could win $100 for you and $1,000 for your teacher by May 24th. Learn more and apply.
  • ScholarshipOwl COVID-19 Response: The service is providing $500 and $1,000 scholarship opportunities to students accepted into colleges. Applications are due June 1st.
  • It’s Not Too Late: Many scholarship and essay contests have extended their deadlines in light of COVID-19-related disruptions. Even if you thought you missed the deadline, double check and give these essay contests and scholarships a shot.
  • Middle School Students May Apply! This list of contests and scholarships for students grades 6-8 includes creative arts, environmental projects, essays, and more ways to keep flexing your mental muscles as school winds down.

Other Essential Resources

  • Minneapolis Public Schools: Includes English, Spanish, Hmong, & Somali resources for meal distribution, online learning resources, day care services, mental health support, and more. Learn more here.
  • Saint Paul Public Schools: Includes COVID-19 updates, stress relief, home-based education, and meal distribution resources. Learn more.
  • State of MN COVID-19 Dashboard: For comprehensive, statewide updates and resources on employment, economic relief, food support, and many other policies, check out Minnesota’s COVID-19 Dashboard. 
  • Minnesota Restaurants Providing Student Meals: The GiveMeTheMike blog is continuously updating a list of restaurants providing meals for students. Find restaurants by city at their website.
  • Are You Safe As You Shelter In Place? If you need help to escape an unsafe situation, call or text Cornerstone Advisory Services’ statewide, 24-hour hotline. Find the numbers at their website.
  • For LGBT Minnesotans: OutFront Minnesota has compiled comprehensive resources for COVID-19, including virtual town halls and other opportunities to connect. Learn more at OutFrontMN.
  • For Undocumented Minnesotans: The Immigration Law Center has compiled resources for undocumented citizens of Minnesota pertaining to COVID-19. Available in Spanish and English here.