Debate Support Where You Need It


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Kevin attended high school in Harlem. "I came from a background where there wasn't really much for me to do," he recalls. Kevin became active in the IMPACT Coalition’s NY Urban Debate League and travelled the country as a member of the program. Through debate, he learned how to think critically, hone ideas and push himself harder than ever before. His experiences gave him the confidence to secure an internship at HBO. The skills he gained, he applies daily. His friends from debate are still his closest. Now he’s attending Baruch College, majoring in Public Affairs with a minor in Theater, Communication, and Law. In his free time, he works as a wardrobe supervisor on Off-Broadway shows.


We work tirelessly to ensure that disenfranchised students are given educational opportunities in three settings: competitions, classrooms, and communities. We couple the traditional competitive debate model with debates in the community and in the classroom. These competitive activities are supplemented with college access programs, leadership instruction and community debates on lofty issues ranging from Iraq to AIDS.   Not only do non-debaters from the schools participate, these debates involve experts in the field, the general public and take place in non-traditional venues like shopping malls, religious establishments and prisons. With expert guidance, participants bring those experiences back into the classroom with face-to-face as well as webcast curricular debates that marry technology with the interactive debate format to connect students in Austin, Texas to kids in Moscow, New York and Hong Kong.These proven methods help students become lifelong learners and bridge the school readiness gap.

In 2004, IMPACT began to run the Centers directly as satellites of its programs.  The first resource center was established in the Bronx at the headquarters of the Bronx Defenders. The second in Brooklyn at the Winthrop Beacon School run in partnership with Sesame Flyers International. While IMPACT was not directly responsible for the resource centers originally, it assisted in placement of staff, identification of resources and share information related to schools in that borough from its data management system.  By 2009, the NYUDL alumni network developed and we shifted to case-by-case support and mobile centers.  IMPACT has facilitated policy debate teams in over one hundred schools citywide and reached over 5200 students since inception.


Debate Delivers Dreams.

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