New York City Urban Debate League Kicks Off New Year at Local High School

NYCUDL Press Release

New York City Urban Debate League Kicks Off New Year at Local High School Fresh off a Banner Year That Saw the League Reach New Heights, NYCUDL Hosts Its First Manhattan Debate League Tournament New York, NY - September 2015- The New York City Urban Debate League, the largest debate league in the nation is hosting the first Manhattan Debate League tournament of the 2015-16 year at the Institute for Collaborative Education (ICE) on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Since its founding in 2012, the NYCUDL has strived to give students across New York City access to the best civics and debate education possible. The September 26th tournament will see some of the city’s best middle school teams debate contemporary social and racial justice issues as well as the U.S. government’s use of domestic surveillance. ICE, the host school has a long and storied history in the New York City middle and high school debate communities. History teacher and debate coach David Dash is particularly excited about the upcoming tournament. "We are thrilled to open another NYCUDL season at ICE” said Dash, “Having gone to Nationals in Dallas, Texas last year and having had a team reach the semifinals and a top ten speaker out of over 200 teams from across the country it is clear how well our league and our member schools prepare each other and challenge each other to learn debate with depth, rigor, and joy every month." For more information about the NYCUDL or to volunteer please contact Tiara Moultrie at tiara@debate.nyc. About the New York City Urban Debate League: The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) is the largest debate league in the nation with debate leagues in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, Manhattan, and Queens for all age levels – elementary school, middle school, and high school. We believe every school should have a debate team and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. Today, over 1000 students and 100 schools participate in our monthly debates. Every day we support debate practices. Every week we offer Saturday workshops and our debaters travel to local, regional, and national tournaments. We also host monthly public debate nights. For more information visit our website www.debate.nyc or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/nycudl or Twitter @nycdebateleague 

About The New York City Urban Debate League

Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

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