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We envision a future where young people are engaged in critical discourse, informed by evidence, and empowered to lead.

A conversation with
Tayo Stuppard

BDL Alum

— Shayne Clinton

former debater from Boston Latin Academy

“I am still involved because the BDL left such a powerful impact on me, that I want to help the BDL continue their mission to offer educational opportunities to those who aren’t able to get this in a traditional classroom setting. I have learned so much from the BDL, and have grown and matured through ASD.

I love seeing the BDL grow and being able to continue to pass on these educational opportunities in a formal debate setting, which is critical to improve public speaking, speaking out, and being comfortable making an argument!”

— Shayne Clinton

former debater from Boston Latin Academy

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Kelly Cody, Senior Volunteer Manager, joined BDL in 2021
Joshua Nixon, ASD and Resolved Program Manager, joined BDL in
Douglas Matute
Douglas Matute, Program Manager for Debate en Español, joined BDL in 2022
Ranner Faugas, Assistant Director of After-School Debate, joined BDL in
Roger Nix, Assistant Director of After School Debate, joined BDL in
Carlos Monteiro, Instructional Coach for DI Classrooms, joined BDL in
Sarah Mayper, Senior Instructional Coach for DI Classrooms, joined BDL in
Marisa Suescun, Director of Programs, joined BDL in 2013
Kimberly Bartlett-Ra, Director of Operations, joined BDL in
Kim Willingham, Executive Director of the Boston Debate League , joined BDL in
Jackney Prioly Joseph, Director of External Affairs, joined BDL in September 2020. Jackney leads our efforts to engage and partner with community and corporate organizations to create a community of support for our students. She previously served as Director of College and Career Readiness at the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. She has diverse leadership experience in education, nonprofits, and city government where she served under Mayor Thomas M. Menino and former City Councilor, now Congresswoman, Ayanna Pressley. A Bryn Mawr and Posse Foundation alum identified for her extraordinary leadership, Jackney works to secure partnerships that will tap and sharpen the leadership skills of our program participants.