Our Mission

                              To provide urban youth in the St. Louis area                                                                 opportunities for academic and personal growth                                     through their engagement in debate programs and college readiness activities. 


Program Goals and Objectives include:

1) School Partnerships: establish debate programming at underserved middle schools and high schools within the metro-St. Louis area

2) Student Engagement: reach at least 200 urban youth each academic year through meaningful, “real-world” based policy debate programming

3) Teacher-Coach Training: provide quality professional development opportunities for teacher-coaches participating in the League so they may achieve Common Core Standards in the classroom

4) College Access: use skills fostered by debate to improve student GPA and ACT scores and partner with local universities to introduce students to collegiate level debate and higher education opportunities

This video, created by the Citi Foundation, examines and celebrates the role of academic debate in our students’ lives.