Debate Spaces' Mission
Debate Spaces is an education non-profit that uses debate to foster activism 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
2020-2021 Academy Registration is live!
Join Debate Spaces at our Debate Academy! Academies are open to all 5th - 9th grade students.
One of our co-founders, Tessa Holtzman, was profiled by the Harvard Innovation lab in honor of Women's History Month. Check it out!
"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!"