Our Supporters

Corporate and Foundation Partners

A Shared Vision of Excellence for St. Louis Urban Youth                                                 Our corporate and foundation partners understand the positive life-long impact debate has on students in urban schools, as well as the many ways in which increased learning benefits not only our schools, but also neighborhoods and the entire community.

Our generous Corporate and Foundation Partners include:
Podium Level Partner ($10,000 or more)
Arthur N. Rupe Foundation
Emerson Charitable Trust
Pettus Foundation                                                                                                               The Saigh Foundation

Ambassador Level Partner ($5,000 or more)
Boeing Employee Community Fund                                                                                         Citi                                                                                                                                     Dana Brown Charitable Trust                                                                                     Emerson Electric Company                                                                                               Saint Louis Public Schools                                                                                                 Trio Foundation

Pacesetter Level Partner ($2,500 or more)
Edward Jones
Enterprise Holding Foundation
Philpott Family Foundation

Friend Level Partner ($1,000 or more)
Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Interested in learning more about our Corporate Partners Program? Please contact us at tamaraboyd@urbandebate.org

Past Supporters Include
Ameren UE
Brown Shoe
Bryan Cave LLP
California Pizza Kitchen
Groupon Grassroots
Noodles and Company
Norman J. Stupp Foundation
The Stolar Partnership
Thompson Coburn LLP

Individual Supporters:
The backbone of our unrestricted annual support, individual donations allow us to set goals and priorities for the current and future success of our organization. Together, we can give students a positive outlet to express themselves and increase their self-identity; help them develop essential life skills so they may positively contribute to their home, school, and community; connect them with tools and resources to improve their academic performance; and prepare them for life beyond the classroom.

Partnering Organizations- To maximize opportunities for our students and the teachers who serve as debate coaches in the League, SLUDL partners with area organizations and institutions who strongly align with our work and mission. Through these partnerships, we create win-win opportunities for our organizations and the audiences we share. Our partners in AY14/15 include:
Greater St. Louis Speech League – Providing coaching resources and peer coaching support.
National Speech & Debate Association (formerly the National Forensic Society) – The worlds largest national honor society for participants in speech and debate activities.  The NSDA has generously provided free school membership and granted free lifetime memberships to qualifying students.  This year, the Association is also making its resource package (coaching resources, lesson plans, research guides, etc.) available to urban debate leagues free of charge.
Saint Louis Public Schools – Providing three tournament sites, coaching stipends, local transportation to area tournaments, copier resources.

St. Louis University – Serving as a tournament host for its second year.

Washington University – Serving as tournament host for a third consecutive year.

Webster University/Webster Forensics Team – Has served as a tournament host for the City Championships.

Past partnering organizations include: Lindenwood University, Maryville University, McKendree University, National Catholic Forensics League, Speech and Theater Association of Missouri, and more.