Educational Institutions

National Association for Urban Debate Leagues

Preparing the Next Generation to Lead and Succeed

aka NAUDL   |   Chicago, IL   |  http://www.urbandebate.org/

Mission

NAUDL's mission is advancing debate education in urban public schools to amplify youth voices and develop confidence and skills for future success. We work with 22 partner leagues across the country, impacting 11,000 students each year.

Ruling year info

2006

Executive Director

Ms. Rhonda Haynes

Main address

200 S. Michigan Ave. Ste. 1040

Chicago, IL 60604-2402 USA

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EIN

20-4323096

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Secondary/High School (B25)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

NAUDL is committed to urban debate because it works. It works where other solutions have failed -- in schools plagued with poor test scores and high dropout rates. By giving minority students from low-income families the tools they need to succeed, urban debate literally changes lives. Urban Debate is proven to (1) Improve secondary literacy; (2) Improve academic performance; (3) Increase high school graduation rates; (4) Prepare students for college; (5) Prepare students for twenty-first century careers; and, (6) Prepare students for community engagement.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Urban Debate Education, Training, Curriculum, Programs and Research

NAUDL has built and supported a strong national network of urban debate leagues, making it possible for urban debate to grow. NAUDL pioneered the first and only successful model for sustainable leagues and used it to build 11 urban debate leagues in just four years. Today, NAUDL supports leagues in 22 cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Bay Area (San Francisco/Oakland), Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville,New York, Portland, and Silicon Valley). It provides technical assistance, sets standards for program quality, and measures outcomes.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
At-risk youth
Budget
$1,400,000

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

As the national leader of the urban debate movement, the NAUDL works with its partner leagues to provide debate programming to urban middle and high school students. Our visions is that all urban youth graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and their careers, and to contribute to their communities.

NAUDL will accomplish our overall mission and vision by (1) Within the next five years, triple the number of students who participate in competitive policy debate through NAUDL-affiliated urban debate leagues. (2) Strengthen and support affiliated leagues, helping them to build capacity, achieve sustainable growth, and adopt best practices. (3) Build new leagues at a moderate pace, focusing efforts on large school districts and cities with strategic value. (4) Expand middle school policy debate and explore Debate Across the Curriculum as an innovative way to expand the number of students participating in rigorous, evidence-based argument. (5) Empower the NAUDL and its affiliated leagues to be more effective advocates for urban debate. (6) With support from the NAUDL Governing Board, establish a diversified, sustainable national base of support.

The NAUDL's goal is to triple the number of urban debaters in the next five years. The NAUDL Governing Board and its staff believe that while this goal is ambitious, it is also achievable. The board is committed to achieving this goal through a multifaceted strategy which includes: strengthening and supporting the existing leagues; expanding programming into middle schools and the classroom; continuing to build new leagues; conducting long-term research on the impact of debate on the futures of urban youth; and more effectively communicating the benefits of debate to students, teachers, principals and school administrators.

NAUDL will assess progress through a variety of numerical metrics. These metrics will (1) focus on the NAUDL's primary goal of tripling the number of students; (2) incorporate the programming goals established by each local league; and, (3) adequately account for the number of students and others reached by all forms of league programming, including tournament debates, classroom debates, and public debates. Furthermore, working with a third party vendor, develop and implement a computer-based system that can be used to (1) register students for tournaments; (2) tabulate tournaments; and, (3) report student participation data to the NAUDL and the affiliated leagues. Test the software, and then make it available to all leagues, with training and support for coaches and league directors.

The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Since 2002 it has served as the national leadership organization for urban debate. In the last four years the NAUDL has built or re-organized twelve urban debate leagues. Today, 22 urban debate leagues around the country are members of the NAUDL's informal network of leagues. NAUDL has a twenty-two member Governing Board of Directors and an eleven-member Honorary Board. The organization has six full-time and one part-time staff members.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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National Association for Urban Debate Leagues

Board of directors
as of 11/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Stuart Singer

Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Peter Bowe

Ellicott Dredges, LLC

Peter Bowe

Ellicott Dredges, LLC

Peter Bowe

Ellicott Dredges, LLC

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Urban Education, Debate, Academic Debate, High School, Achievement, Access to College, at-risk-behaviors