– Nelson Mandela

The Young Debaters Program helped me learn how to gather important facts and details to support evidence to prove my case.
DaShawn Anderson
7th Grade PS/MS 183Q
The Young Debater Program gave me the ability to overcome my fear of public speaking.
Jaja Sylvester
7th Grade PS/MS 183Q
This was wonderful experience that has prepared me for High School.
Kia Edmond
7th Grade PS/MS 183Q
Being on the Debate Team was a great experience.
Christine Way
7th Grade PS/MS 183Q
Being a part of The Young Debaters Program made me feel like a Lawyer in training.
Kymani Jackson
7th Grade PS/MS 183Q
The opportunity that the Young Debaters program gave me made me feel like a real Lawyer. My parents were very proud of me.
Mariah Luster
7th Grade PS/MS 183Q
The Young Debaters program prepared me for my future aspirations to become a lawyer.
Robert Ott
7th Grade PS/MS 183Q
I have absolutely loved my experience as a judge for the Young Debaters Program debate competition. The way the students present their arguments demonstrates the hard work and dedication that they have put into their debate preparation. Each time a new group gave their oral argument, I was awed and amazed at how articulate the students were. Even when they were nervous, they pulled through, each sentence giving them more confidence to continue with their argument. I’m so proud of the students!
Adriana Lima, Esq.
Young Debaters Program Judge
In public school education, we test our children constantly, but almost never based on how well they think on their feet. Judging the kids in the Young Debaters Program is a delight because it is so obvious that they are developing true life skills such as using logic to argue their position, persuasively delivering their position and defending their position when challenged. There’s no question that the kids that complete the presentation of their arguments in the Young Debaters competition will continue with confidence in all other aspects of their lives
Cynthia Conti Cook, Esq.
Young Debaters Program Judge
The debate was very great and I felt very comfortable after all my hard work. This has boosted my confidence level and I hope to go through this experience again.
5th Grade Student
I believe that all students should have the opportunity to participate in the Young Debaters Program.
7th Grade Student
I loved the experience. It was a chance to debate and make a difference in our vocabulary, understanding, and advocacy.
8th Grade Student
This experience exposed me to the opportunities and lives of real lawyers. I got the chance to practice my public speaking and thinking on the spot. I feel better prepared to take on whatever comes next.
8th Grade Student
The debate program has been a great way for me to face my biggest fear- public speaking. My confidence level has increased substantially.
8th Grade Student
It was an honor and a privilege working with yourself and the students in the debate club. Your vision challenged us and gave us a formidable opponent: the law and its application to real life situations. This approach validated the students potential and became the inspiration they needed to accomplish the work at hand and work they did. Thank you!
Middle School Teacher
7th Grade
I am extremely proud of the students that participated in the Young Debaters Competition. Many of them are willing and hoping to participate again next year if their middle school has a debate team. Thank you for giving our students the opportunity to be a part of the program.
Assistant Principal
Queens Middle School
Thank you for giving our students a first-hand opportunity to see what preparation means in the real world. They all thoroughly enjoyed the experience and I am confident that they are proud of themselves as well. We all thank you for an overall great experience.
Assistant Principal
Queens Middle School
This was a kind of experience that these children will remember for a lifetime. Some may decide to think about a career in law. All these children were encouraged to stretch their minds and they truly understand that there are no limits to what they can do. Their self-esteem went “through the roof”. Their smiles and shining eyes told it all!
Queens Elementary School
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