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Judge Our October 2020 Essay and Speechwriting Tournament for Kids!

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NYC Elementary School Speech and Debate League

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 10 people are interested

Every month we host a free public speaking tournament and essay contest on a different topic for any students (elementary, middle school, high school and college!). Please note this volunteer opportunity is for the Essay and Speechwriting Tournament. You will be judging essays and written speeches. But you can sign up for the Public Speaking (Video) Tournament on our other monthly volunteer opportunity! All students (K-College) are invited to participate. Please share the word as well! We invite all students (Elementary, Middle School, High School and College) in the United States to participate! Students submit either a written speech and/or video speech. We need judges to judge about 5-10 students each and provide written feedback on their written speeches. No speech or debate experience is required to be a judge. If you are interested in an orientation and training, our staff can provide any training at your convenience. The top student submissions will then compete in a "Final Round." All our student participants receive a certificate of participation and top students receive ribbons, medals, or trophies. This is an incredible program for youth because Public Speaking is one of the #1 fears but it is also one of the most critical skills for college, career and civic success. We need your help in empowering our future generations of leaders.

Our mission is that every student and every school should have access to speech and debate opportunities. All students are Great Debaters! THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR PROGRAM POSSIBLE. Our program is entirely free. We rely on incredible and inspirational volunteers like you to support students in developing their speech, debate and public speaking skills.

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About NYC Elementary School Speech and Debate League


595 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is that every school and every student should have access to debate and public speaking opportunities. Speech and Debate are one of the most powerful academic programs to prepare students for college, career and civic success. Our program provides year round public speaking, speech and debate programs free for all students, all grade levels, and all schools. Every child can be a Great Debater!


Study after study shows that Public Speaking, Debate, and Speech programs are life changing for students. Unfortunately, the majority of students do not have access to speech and debate programs. We were founded to change this. Every month we host a free online public speaking and speechwriting tournament on a different topic. Students in all grade levels (K-College) are invited to participate by submitting a written and/or video speech. Our incredible volunteers judge these speeches and provide valuable feedback for our students. At the end of the month we host an online awards ceremony to celebrate all our students. And the next month starts a new tournament!

Children & Youth
Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.


  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Advocacy
  • Reading / Writing
  • Public Speaking
  • Verbal / Written Communication
  • Storytelling


  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • 1-2 hours to judge 5-10 student written speech submissions. But of course you can judge more if you would like! We also have a separate volunteer opportunity for judging the video speeches. Please see our other post for that!

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