Our Supporters


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 have included:

Podium Level Partners ($10,000 or more)
Arthur N. Rupe Foundation
Emerson Charitable Trust
Pettus Foundation                                                                                                               The Saigh Foundation

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

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

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

Interested in learning more about our Corporate Partners Program? Please contact us at sludlstaff@gmail.com.

Other 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

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-confidence, help them develop essential life skills so they may positively contribute to their homes, schools, and communities, 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 for 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. Our partners include:

Citi – Citi has sponsored the SLUDL City Championship Tournament in past years. Citi employees support SLUDL directly with generous contributions of time by serving as tournament judges and also with financial contributions.

Clayton High School – Clayton High School generously offered the school as a venue for this year’s Annual Fall Workshop. Debaters had the opportunity to attend workshop sessions as well as watch and participate in debate rounds.

Greater St. Louis Speech League – Providing coaching resources and peer coaching support.

Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) – MSHSAA is the governing body for high school activities throughout the state of Missouri. Approximately 580 high schools are members of MSHSAA. MSHSAA conducts championship-level activities in 23 activities including Debate. SLUDL participates in the district championships and hopes to advance to state in the future.

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. The NSDA has also made its resource package (coaching resources, lesson plans, research guides, etc.) available to urban debate leagues free of charge.

National Urban Debate League (NAUDL) – NAUDL provides support for twenty-two urban debate leagues all over the country, including use of their Salesforce software, metrics and anyalytics for debate outcomes, and most notably, each year NAUDL hosts the Urban Debate National Championship (UDNC) Tournament and covers transportation, lodging, and most meals for one team of two students and the team’s coach to attend the tournament. NAUDL also host an annual Executive Directors’ Conference in the summer.

Saint Louis Public Schools – The District provides a school venue for up to three tournaments and a workshop each year, coaching stipends for SLPS coaches, bus transportation to local tournaments for SLPS debaters, office space for SLUDL staff, and copier resources.

Saint Louis University – SLU has served as a tournament sponsor for three years, providing a venue for an all-day Saturday tournament and meals for the day.

Washington University of St. Louis – Wash U has served as a tournament sponsor for four years, providing a venue for an all-day Saturday tournament and meals for the day.

Webster University/Webster Forensics Team – Webster U has served as a tournament sponsor for three years, providing a venue for a two-day, Friday and Saturday City Championship tournament. Webster provides a meal for the tournament and offers a tremendous amount of judge support with their own college debate team.

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