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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!


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