national network of debate communities
ENGAGING NEW COMMUNITIES
ALOUD engages local public/private partnerships that include a university, a school district, and individuals with proven expertise in debate, assessment and at-risk populations to form debate initiatives and lay the groundwork for student participation. These partnerships recruit students trapped in poverty, relegated to special education classes, involved in gangs, with low self-esteem and even lower GPAs to form top-notch programs that replicate successes elsewhere. We work closely with these partners to determine their needs and then customize a program that meets those needs.
Featuring a team with over a century of debate experience and a record of achievement in establishing effective debate programs, ALOUD partners act as technical assistance consultants identifying external assets and maintaining quality assurance. ALOUD’s guiding principles are coupled with proven debate support systems that raise academic achievement to the next level. By helping children achieve academic and social proficiency during their middle and high school years, ALOUD is inspiring the next generation of great teachers, doctors, lawyers, activists, and community leaders.
ACCESSIBLE TO NON-TRADITIONAL PARTNERS AS WELL AS SCHOOL DISTRICTS
Colleges, religious institutions, community-based organizations, school districts, corporations, and government agencies want to deliver their message in innovative ways and upgrade the communication and analytical skills of their employees and students. An organization grounded with a vision of what debate can be is best suited to serve these interests. ALOUD’s model positions debate as an instrument of understanding that builds civic discourse in diverse sectors and captures the imagination of individuals and groups who are excited by what it can do for a young person.
The current high school policy debate topic focuses on the provision of social services to alleviate poverty. The topic provides a unique opportunity for ALOUD partners from academic institutions, urban debate leagues and hip hop groups to join together in a larger conversation about poverty. ALOUD's partner, Hip Hop Youth Summit Council is a national leader in organizing artists across the globe in the battle against poverty.