"Debate gave me something to do after school and really changed me as a person. I am not angry anymore. I found a new group of friends that I am very close with. My coach is like an older brother to me. It is something I can do that makes me feel smart, and I feel that I am looked up to and get a lot more respect from my classmates, family, teachers and friends. Now that I am doing something that is intellectual, they respect me. Before debate, my attendance was poor and my grades were even worse. My attendance is perfect now and I was just on the honor roll. It all comes so much easier now."
-Kariem, Brook Farm Academy