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The Miami-Dade Urban Debate League (MDUDL) is the local chapter of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL). MDUDL is aimed at building a local community of active individuals committed to teaching urban youth to think, communicate, collaborate and love learning through the academic activity of policy debate.


As the national leader of the urban debate movement, the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) works with its local chapters to provide debate programming to urban middle and high school students. NAUDL and these chapters prepare students from low income families and underrepresented populations to succeed in high school, college,and 21st Century careers by teaching them academic debate. In 2016, 9,479 students in 22 cities participated in urban debate programs. 72% of urban debaters are from low-income families and 86% are students of color. Research has demonstrated that, because they debate, 90% of these students graduate from high school on time and 85% enroll in college, where they are 80% more likely than non-debaters to earn a degree within 6 years. Research also indicates that every semester that a student debates, his/her grades improve.



Our Mission

Using a nationally recognized model for empowering middle and high school students through the tools of debate, we will play a significant role in improving academic performance, closing the achievement gap, promoting democratic discourse, and equipping
students from Miami-Dade for college success and their chosen career paths.

Our Vision

The Miami-Dade Urban debate league seeks to cultivate a community of learners among urban public school students in Miami, focusing on teamwork, cooperative learning, academic excellence, critical reflection and individual student growth. The goal is to empower the student participants to become confident, successful citizens, who are advocates for themselves and their community and who successfully graduate from high school, pursue college degrees and become active leaders in their community.

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