Law Firm Leaders
High school success is an imperative in today's competitive global marketplace. Unfortunately, far too many high school students are dropping out of school and even more are graduating ill-prepared for college or the workforce.
The Associated Leaders of Urban Debate (ALOUD) partner programs boost student achievement and promote college readiness.† We bring debate and youth expression to schools and community-based organizations †across the country.† We engage the students left on the academic sidelines first. †Their success is infectious and can build a debate culture in the entire school..
ALOUD Partners Get Results
Debate delivers dreams.† Our partner programs have been honored twice by the White House in the last four years.† The successes are chronicled in local and national media including the NY Times, US News & World Report and on CBSí Sixty Minutes. Debaters receive millions in college scholarship offers.† They become leaders in their cities, and discover that their voice matters.† Scientifically-based research in multiple national studies reveals that debate reduces academic suspensions by up to 50%, increases literacy rates by 25%, and reduces risk-taking behaviors (unprotected sex, substance abuse, etc) by almost 300%.† More incredibly, these changes are reflected by hard data in less than two years.†
Top Law Firm Leaders Believe in Debate
A survey of former debaters now working in the professional positions revealed that 74% of the lawyers recommended debate in preparing them for careers in their professions (Star Muir, The Lore and Practice of Policy Debate, 2004, 5). The effects of debate extend beyond the immediate experience to increase learning capacity for a personís entire life. In city after city, premiere firms are discovering debate as a great way to support their communities, assist educators and build college readiness.† Whether it's volunteering, mentoring programs, employee matching funds or special events, these firms believe in what debate can do.† Here is a sampling of cities and the corporations that support their debate work. Some of the sponsors of debate in MINNEAPOLIS, SEATTLE, MIAMI and BALTIMORE include: