Entries by Willa

Debate Camp Kick-Starts Season with Learning & Community Building

On July 22, over 100 students representing 30 middle and high schools congregated in the auditorium of Dunbar Vocational Academy to kick off another year of the Chicago Debates Summer Institute (CDSI). These dedicated young scholars spent the next two weeks immersing themselves in all things policy debate, while also forging friendships with students from […]

Coach Spotlight: Ray Salazar

Chicago Debates is about to go into another year of growth. Following the addition of over 20 new schools last year, the organization has already added 11 more for the 2019-20 school year. With each new school, there is a teacher learning how to coach debate, most for the first time. We wanted to talk […]

Chicago Debates Season Wrap-up

Wow! This past debate season was busy. 18 new schools joined our program this year, and thanks to our community of supporters, we were able to support 92 schools across Chicago. This growth is part of a larger plan for our organization that has seen 48 new schools added over the course of two years, […]

Tour Our Summer Debate Camp!

Over the course of two weeks this summer, more than 100 Chicago students will receive a crash-course in debate. The camp offers an opportunity for students without any debate experience to learn the fundamentals, while giving more experienced debaters the chance to sharpen their skills. Come see our debaters test their new skills and knowledge […]

Corporate School Sponsor Spotlight: Wintrust Bank

This year, we were delighted to have Wintrust join us as our first-ever Corporate School Sponsor. The initiative was created as a way to expand debate into more schools in under-resourced neighborhoods, giving them a transformational activity that helps students find their voice, prepares them for success in college and career, and empowers them to […]