Hi Sravya, thanks for commenting! Various urban and city debate leagues are fantastic for providing students with opportunities to learn and develop debating and advocacy skills. Debate Spaces works with some of these leagues (like the Boston Debate League), assisting them with their events and connecting these students with other students in their local communities who debate but aren't a part of these leagues. Debate Spaces also focuses its topics on issues that directly affect students, while debate leagues will typically use nationally chosen debate topics to focus their research.
Hi Leonardo, thanks for reaching out! We have general discussions about socioeconomic status, race, etc. - but we tailor these discussions to specific issues facing communities in regional areas. For instance, in Boston we discuss the city's severe economic inequality and ways that race is tied (whites in Boston have a median net worth of over $245,000, while African-Americans in Boston have a median net worth of $8). These specifics are important to make the information stick with students, as it pertains to their local communities.
Hi Elizabeth, that's a great question! From a financial standpoint, we take significant steps to keep costs low. For instance, we make agreements with institutions to use their space for reduced costs or for free when we are hosting events. We currently have all mentors volunteer their time. From a logistics standpoint, we are recruiting students from other schools who are familiar with the concept and training them extensively to prepare them for the fall.