Financial Literacy Debates

Financial Literacy Education

The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL), with the support of Citi Foundation, is using the rigor and competition of debate to improve the financial literacy of high school students and prepare young people to succeed and lead in the 21st century.

Students participating in the program attend schools where 50 percent or more of the students are from low to moderate-income families. Through this program, students debate future financial decisions that they will have to make in adulthood. Previous topics include contrasting the economic benefits of

  • home ownership versus renting
  • completing a two-year college program before transferring to a four-year program versus starting in a four-year program
  • full-time, traditional employment versus participating in the gig economy

During the 2018-19 school year, NAUDL will leverage debate as the vehicle to teach financial literacy to high school students in seven U.S. cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Washington, D.C.


Financial Literacy Debates are made possible through the generous support of Citi Foundation.

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