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Give the Gift of Debate this Holiday Season!

by Erik Fogel | Dec 17, 2017 10:30:29 PM |




This year was a historic year for the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL). We became the largest urban debate in the nation by providing life-changing opportunities to 2,000 students and 181 schools through 30 local tournaments, 10 travel tournaments, 36 workshops, 10 debate nights, and 4 teacher development conferences. During this ongoing year, the NYCUDL family is continuously working to provide high-quality debate education to all. One of the blessings of working at the NYCUDL is hearing from parents and students how debate has benefitted their lives. Today, I want to share the story of Seema.


“… [NYCUDL] taught me that my beliefs and my ideas can always have an influential impact upon society. … [debate] has broadened my knowledge on the world and ignited a fire in my soul to continuously fight for what I truly believe in.”


Seema is a 11th grade high school debater. She started in debate last year, and has participated in every high school tournament this year. During her short participation, she has been recognized with 1st Place Top Speaker Award. While she is still new to debate, she has been a remarkable debater since day one. Not only does Seema excel as a debater at tournaments, but she is also an excellent student leader. Seema is one of the many students in which debate has changed lives. Prior to joining the debate team at her school, she had given up on her education with low attendance and failing grades. However, this changed after participating in her first tournament. In her own words,


“I soon started receiving 100’s on every assignment that was given. I’m proud to say that I became a fire that not even firefighters could put out. Through [debate] I became a confident woman and leader.”


Amazing stories like Seema’s remind me why our mission is so critical. Every school should have a debate team and every student should have the best debate education opportunities.


By making a generous year-end gift, you can impact thousands of at risk students - who because of debate can be our next generation of leaders. Click here to donate!


The holiday season is about celebrating and spending time with your love ones, and help those who are in need. Please make a year-end gift today of $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford – to make sure all NYC youth have equal opportunities to succeed in school, pursue college and become tomorrow’s leaders.


Thank you for believing in NYCUDL’s mission and the students we serve.


All my best,

Erik Fogel

Executive Director


PS. This holiday season, please consider making a year-end gift that will help us provide opportunities that change lives to hundreds of students.


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Ways to Give this Year

Online: Make your donation easy, fast and secure in our donation website: give.classy.org/givingdebate

Check: Send a check payable to “New York City Urban Debate League” and mailed to:

New York City Urban Debate League

c/o Teach for America

Attention: Erik Fogel

25 Broadway 12th Floor

New York, NY 10004

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