City Council District #16 Debate Initiative

Our Mission

Every school  should have a debate team. Every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. Debate is one of the best academic programs to prepare students for college, career, and civic success.

  

 

District Schools and Students Served

 

Half of our work is debate tournaments every Saturday. The other half of our work is how we support our teachers, schools and students through outreach and starting and sustaining debate programs in schools. We have outreach coordinators in each Borough to support schools, train teachers, provide curriculum and professional development, coordinate local debate scrimmages, year round virtual support (webinars, emails, phone calls, etc), help teachers recruit and start debate programs at their school, and anything else needed to start and sustain a successful debate team. We provide assistant coaches and volunteers to schools to support their debate programs. We have all day teacher training conferences at least four times a year.

 

As a result we have successfully partnered with the following schools in the district to create sustainable and successful debate programs through year round support:

 

District Schools Served:

 

Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice

Bronx Writing Academy

Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science School

DreamYard Prep

Mott Hall Bronx

PS/MS 218

 

Other District Debate Programs

 

Debate Club. All District students are able to participate in our debate programs for free. We have a Debate Club that serves students without debate teams at their schools. 

 

Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) Partnership. The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) partners up with the NYC Department of Education to boost middle school literacy skills through curricular and extra curricular debate.


 

Special Awards, Recognition, and Media

 

Bronx Law is one of the top debate programs in the nation receiving multiple awards and accomplishments including the White House Youth Award as one of the nation’s top after school programs. The Debate Team has been featured on BronxNet, Fox News, Daily News and other publications and media.

 

 

District Debate Participation

 

Bronx School for Law, Government & Justice

2 Coaches

20 competitors

 

Bronx Writing Academy

1 Coach

8 Competitors

 

Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science School

3 Coaches

17 Competitors

 

DreamYard Prep

1 Coach

8 Competitors

 

Mott Hall Bronx

1 Coach

13 Competitors

 

PS/MS 218

1 Coach

7 Competitors

 

Achievements

  • Semifinalists in Beginner Public Forum (Dreamyard Prep)
  • Travel Team Members - Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science School
    • Top speaker awards in Varsity Policy Debate (Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science School)