Year Round Programming
Our continuous seasons of programming allow students to stay engaged in learning all year long. Debate makes a difference in many contexts – that’s why we are always seeking new ways to use debate as a way to build community, inclusion, and specialized skill-building.
High School – National Topic
In this program, students join other debaters nationwide in debating the affirmative and negative sides of a policy resolution selected by the National Speech & Debate Association. Students gain crucial research, public speaking, and critical thinking skills at all levels while competing at up to 14 regional, state, and national tournaments.
Community Leadership Initiatives
In these programs, communities of teachers and students adapt the fundamental framework of debate to create innovative new forms of the activity. Our Spanish Debate League, East African Debate League, and Financial Literacy Leadership Debates empower students in an inclusive environment grown from community values.
Spanish Debate League
At tournaments held in Spanish, middle and high school students affirm their identities and master advanced academic Spanish.
East African Debate League
East African students from the Twin Cities master public speaking skills while debating important topics generated by their community.
Financial Literacy Leadership Debates
Girls & gender expansive students learn fundamental financial literacy skills in a compelling, competitive setting.
Students are able to maintain and build their debate skills outside the school year with our summer programming. Middle and high school students can attend one of our debate camp workshops to get a jump on the next year’s topic, work on their skills (at all levels), and explore real-world application of debate skills.
We’re always looking for exciting new ways debate can make a difference. If you’re inspired to bring debate to your community,
tell us about your idea for collaboration at email@example.com.