Our mission is to provide access to debate for all students.

The evidence shows that debate is uniquely beneficial in several ways. It engages students in intellectual conversation in a FUN way! As a result, our students engage with academically rigorous reading material and think critically about arguments. It’s no surprise that we find an increase in reading levels, academic performance, graduation rates and civic engagement. 

Many of our most vulnerable students face barriers that prevent them from accessing the impacts of debate. The NYCUDL works to reduce these barriers and support all students in this activity. 

On any given Saturday you can find students from all over the city, from myriad backgrounds, with various levels of ability and resources debating topics like carbon tax or cyberwarfare in one of the warmest environments you can imagine!


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Our mission is to provide access to debate for all students.

The evidence shows that debate is uniquely beneficial in several ways. It engages students in intellectual conversation in a FUN way! As a result, our students engage with academically rigorous reading material and think critically about arguments. It’s no surprise that we find an increase in reading levels, academic performance, graduation rates and civic engagement. 

Many of our most vulnerable students face barriers that prevent them from accessing the impacts of debate. The NYCUDL works to reduce these barriers and support all students in this activity. 

On any given Saturday you can find students from all over the city, from myriad backgrounds, with various levels of ability and resources debating topics like carbon tax or cyberwarfare in one of the warmest environments you can imagine!