Debate Spaces 

Space for debate. Space for advocacy. Space for connection.

Debate Spaces' Mission 

Debate Spaces is an education non-profit that uses debate to foster civic engagement and connect middle school students from around the world.

We believe that debate is an immensely valuable activity for youth, both in teaching them skills that they can apply to their daily lives and in inspiring them to think critically about issues affecting our society. By engaging in rigorous and meaningful discussion, students not only become more aware of current events but also shape their own responses to those events. By crafting and developing strategies to make the world a better place, the pedagogical approach of debate carries numerous external benefits.

Debate Spaces Updates 

Join us on May 8th for the
#SpeakUp: Youth Debate Summit

Join Debate Spaces for a special event on May 8th from 11am-1pm EST (GMT-4). All students ages 10-15 are welcome!

"They discuss the story of Debate Spaces, the way that Matt and Tessa's international experiences led them to start the organization, and the ways that debate enables student participation in democracy and a unique kind of friendship. Matt and Tessa are both graduate students at Harvard University, and they close out the episode with advice for high school debaters. Enjoy!"

Debate Spaces featured on a podcast

One of our co-founders, Tessa Holtzman, was profiled by the Harvard Innovation lab in honor of Women's History Month. Check it out! 

March 2019 

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