Debate Spaces Academy
Debate Spaces Academy is a series of half-day workshops offered remotely that take place once a month during the school year. Students from both private and public schools from all over the U.S. take part in Academies. In these workshops, students build their debate skills through games and a debate round and then have critical discussions about important issues with their peers.
Debate Spaces Action is programming for school-based cohorts of middle school students who meet weekly after school. During after school meetings, students learn how debate concepts (e.g. evidence-building) align with the four stages of activism. Students participate in debate rounds, skill-building exercises, and implement a community engagement project that they design as a group. In addition to the weekly after school programs, students meet once a month with other school's cohorts to share their progress, hear from speakers, and build a large community of peers. If you are interested in bringing Debate Spaces Action to your school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debate Spaces Delivered
Debate Spaces values collaborating with community partners. We offer partners single or multi-session trainings on public speaking, debate, and advocacy. We've helped youth activists in Dorchestor and young adults nationwide leverage the skills of debate in their work. Interested in a collaboration? You can reach out to and we will be in touch!
Debate Spaces was a wonderful experience for me as a new debate coach. I learned a lot of new games to practice debate skills. But the best part of Debate Spaces was watching my debaters smile, think, challenge themselves, engage with new people, and make connections with friends.
Julia Brasser, Debate Coach and Teacher, Mario Umana Academy
This was a great space to bring students together who would never interact in their daily lives… Every child, both debater, and non-debater, were willing and able to participate…the community improvement projects are also constructive and powerful.