After-School Debate

After-School Debate

After-School Debate in Boston

The flagship program of the BDL, After-School Debate (ASD) engages hundreds of public school students in Boston, Chelsea, and Somerville each year in debate. The BDL partners with schools and teacher-coaches to launch and grow debate teams, and hosts city-wide debate tournaments, a summer camp, and additional programs designed to spark students’ critical thinking, agency, and engagement with the world around them. 

ASD encompasses 40 English- and Spanish-language teams in public middle schools and high schools in Boston, Chelsea, and Somerville. Debate team practices are held on-site at member schools and led by teachers who serve as coaches. In some cases, BDL alumni also serve as coaches. The debate season spans October through March each school year, and students attend local and national tournaments throughout the season where they compete against other schools in various divisions based on experience and skill level. For more information about ASD, please contact 

"Not only did debate expose me to complex analytical and evidence-based argumentation, but it also gave me the confidence to advocate for myself and for others."

Josh Rosa, former debater from Charlestown High School

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