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.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 3
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; MD-Prince George's County
Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Immigrants/Refugees
Schools They Work In: Accokeek Academy; Alice Deal Middle School ; Ballou High School; Banneker High School; Benjamin Tasker Middle School; Bowie High School; Browne Education Campus; Capital City PCS; Capital Hill Montessori; Central High School; Charles Flowers High School; Columbia Heights Education Campus ; DC International School PCS; DC Prep PCS; DuVal High School; Eastern High School; EL Haynes PCS; Fredrick Douglass High School; Friendship Collegiate Academy PCS; Friendship Southeast PCS; Friendship Woodridge PCS; Greenbelt Middle School; Hardy Middle School; Inspired Teaching PCS; Kenmoor Middle School; Kettering Middle School; Largo High School; Northwestern High School; Oyster Adams Middle School ; Phelps High School; Ron Brown College Prep; Samuel Ogle Middle School; School Without Walls Francis Stevens; Seed DC PCS; Stephen Decatur Middle School ; Stuart Hobson Middle School; Suitland High School; Thomas Johnson Middle School; Thurgood Marshall Academy; Washington Latin PCS; Washington Leadership Academy; Wheatley Education Campus; Wilson High School; Wise High School
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Awards & Recognition
Most Outstanding Urban Debate League, 2017-2018
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