Our Mission: Every school should have a debate team. Every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities for college, career, and civic success.

The Harlem Debate League

Our mission is that every school in Harlem should have a debate team and every single student should have access to the best debate education opportunities.  One of the single greatest investments that Harlem can make is to encourage every child to be a Great Debater – passionate in learning the world around them, passionate in reading, writing and speaking about the world around them, and passionate to be the leaders of change to make the world around them a better place.  As President Obama stated, “Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.”


Welcome to the world of debate! The most rigorous academic program since Ancient Greece! We offer programs for all students, all year, all across Harlem.

We work with middle school and high school students during the school year and summer. We prepare students in Harlem schools to develop college, career, civic and 21st century learning skills through academic debate.