Invest in Debate in the Washington Area!

The Washington Urban Debate League is making smart "cool" again, training the next generation of young leaders to advocate for themselves and their communities. We reduce barriers to participation in debate and bring the associated educational benefits to under-served communities in D.C. and Prince George's County.  


In 2018, the WUDL was selected as "one of the best" local non-profits by the Catalog of Philanthropy, and as the 2017-18 Outstanding League by the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL). 

To reach more students and add more schools, we need your help.

Demand for our program is off the charts. At our first tournament three years ago, 13 students from 3 schools faced off. This past year, we served more than 440 students from 39 schools in our after school debate program, and thousands more through other initiatives. 

In 2018-19, we project to serve 500+ students from 45 schools. 

To do so, we need your support. 

Concrete Results of Every Dollar: 

  • $10,000: Sponsors an entire tournament for hundreds of debaters across the area. 

  • $7,500: Support an entire team of debaters for a season, enabling dozens more students to find their voice.

  • $5,000: Sponsor a travel tournament, where WUDL's most experienced students can travel the country and debate students from around the nation. 

  • $2,500: Give a coach the tools and training needed to maximize their skills

  • $1,000: Fund a Saturday Workshop where students gather to research and discuss the issues of the day. 

  • $100: Supply a team with expandable folders, paper, highlighters, and other tools they'll need to succeed. 

  • $25: Sends a pair of students to a local WUDL Tournament, including trophies, meals, entry, and facility costs. 


94% of the WUDL Budget is spent on programmatic expenses, so your dollars go straight to the classroom. Our army of volunteers ensures your dollar goes further and is spent on the essentials. 

We are a 501-C3 organization, so all of your donations are tax deductible.


Check with your employer for donation matching programs . 

Our EIN is: 47-4987160 

We also accept checks: 

PO Box 6319, Washington, DC 20015 

Kamryn Jackson of Bowie High School speaks at the Urban Debate National Tournament in 2018

Walter Cruz and Jason Flores of Capital City PCS prepare for a debate at DCI in 2017

The Benjamin Tasker Debate Team celebrates winning the Novice Division in March 2018

Debate is a great investment: 

Debaters spend an average of 350 hours per year learning critical thinking and research skills.

It costs $2.11/hr to offer this opportunity to a student through debate, and $16.34/hr per student per hour in a DCPS School  

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