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