Youth Symposium

Youth Symposium: The Great Transportation Debate

The National Association for Urban Debate League will present "The Great Transportation Debate” at this year's Youth Symposium. Featured will be four of the country's top high school-age urban debaters engaged in a policy debate regarding a critical public policy issue, "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.” Students from urban debate leagues in Boston and Detroit will present both sides of the issue and challenge their fellow students to decide the best way forward. Youth Symposium attendees will participate in the debate as judges and will be able to raise transportation policy questions to which the debaters will respond.

About the National Association for Urban Debate: As the national leader of the urban debate movement, the NAUDL works with partner leagues to provide debate programming to urban middle and high school students. Last year, NAUDL and its leagues served 6,158 urban debaters from 347 public schools in 19 cities across the United States. Seventy-six percent (76%) of the students are from low-income families and 87% are students of color. By giving minority students from low-income families the tools they need to succeed in school and beyond, NAUDL and its partner leagues literally change lives.

The Teams

Boston Debate League: New Mission High School

Debaters: Fatah Adan and Elvis Alvarado

Coach: Ravi Singh

Detroit Urban Debate League: Cass Technical High School

Debaters: Tazkia Al-Bari and Tyree Williams

Coach: Kimberly Liddell-Love