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We envision a world in which Chicago youth are empowered to find their voice, succeed in college and career, and become leaders in their community.

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Debate by the Numbers: 2019-20

200+ volunteers

CDL Alumni Spotlight: Cadmiel Avendano

During my first two years at Little Village High School,…

Emiliano Zapata Academy’s Breakout First Season in CMSDL

The Chicago Middle School Debate League has grown from eight…

Conferences Return to DePaul Campus for Mid-Season Classic

On a snowy December weekend, The Chicago Debate League returned…

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