Who We Are

NAUDL Mission:

Advancing debate education in urban public schools to amplify youth voices and to develop confidence for future success

NAUDL Vision:

All youth graduate from high school as engaged civic leaders with expanded college and career opportunities.


More than a decade ago, NAUDL executed a plan to expand the urban debate network and launched 10 new debate leagues.  Today, nearly 11,000 students debate in 22 urban debate leagues across the country.  With a goal of reaching 20,000 debaters by 2023, NAUDL works to strengthen the network by providing funding, educational resources, general management support, and national debate exposure.

NAUDL is the national leader in the urban debate movement, preparing the next generation to lead and succeed. Through urban debate, students learn critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. They also discover their passion for learning and become empowered to succeed.

With a goal of reaching 20,000 debaters by 2023, NAUDL supports the growth of its network by providing funding, coaching curricula and educational resources, general managerial support, and national exposure. NAUDL serves 22 leagues which engage nearly 11,000 students in 679 schools.

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