Boston Debate League


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Boston Debate League (BDL) is a non-profit organization that offers debate and argumentation programs for young people in Greater Boston, with a commitment to serving students of color and other students who have been denied these educational opportunities. We tailor our programs to address the educational inequities they experience, and strive to create anti-racist, inclusive learning communities where all participants are welcome and supported in achieving the transformative, lifelong benefits of debate.

BDL implements two core programs, each with a proven track record of success. The After-School Debate program builds debate teams open to all students who have the opportunity to develop their confidence, communication, and critical thinking skills through a competitive activity that engages young people in discussions about important real-world issues of policy and equity. The Debate-Inspired Classrooms program uses an instructional model adopted by schools and teachers across all content areas, inspired by the elements that make debate a powerful learning experience. Through the program, BDL offers teachers coaching, professional development, and tools that put student voice, argumentation, and collaboration at the center of the classroom. Results have consistently shown the positive impact of debate and debate-inspired instruction on students and classrooms. BDL’s long-term vision is that all young people in Boston are ENGAGED in critical discourse, INFORMED by evidence, and EMPOWERED to lead.

Why BDL? The Boston Debate League is a great place to work. Our mission is inspiring and of urgent importance. Our community of staff, students, educators, volunteers, and supporters is vibrant, passionate, and engaged.

Our core values – Power of Young People, Analytic Discourse, Diversity and Inclusion, Racial and Social Equity, and Joy in Learning – guide the work we do and enrich our staff culture. BDL employees enjoy:

  • Working for a mission-driven and anti-racist organization with passionate staff and an inspiring student, coach, teacher, and volunteer community
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous benefits, including health (75% employer paid) and dental (50% employer paid) insurance, pre-tax commuter benefit, and ample paid time off, including office closure the week between Christmas and New Years
  • A family-friendly and flexible work environment