In Greater Washington, high quality debate programs (and the associated academic benefits) have traditionally been available only at private schools. So WUDL levels the playing field, creating debate programs at public schools in DC and Prince George’s County, and supporting them with expert teacher- coaches, curricular resources, and monthly tournaments … all at no cost. Students develop grit and perseverance alongside skills in critical thinking, research, and effective communication; meanwhile, test scores, attendance, and graduation rates begin to climb. The most successful participants travel to regional tournaments where they display their skills and compete for college scholarships. A summer institute introduces students to the new debate topic for the coming year, boosting competitive success. Declared League of the Year by the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues, this young organization already reaches 38 schools. Help start the next chapter.
Practices, camps, and competitions have continued virtually throughout the pandemic, including a three-week summer debate camp attended by 180+ students. WUDL participants continue to thrive with students from Inspired Teaching PCS winning the Middle School Nationals competition. WUDL hopes to recruit more than a dozen new schools and 100+ debaters this fall.