Educational Institutions

National Association for Urban Debate Leagues

  • Chicago, IL
  • http://www.urbandebate.org/

Mission Statement

As the national leader of the urban debate movement, the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) works with its partner leagues to provide debate programming to urban middle and high school students. The NAUDL’s vision is that all urban youth graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and their careers, and to contribute to their communities. In October 2011, the NAUDL Governing Board, in collaboration with its twenty-three partner leagues, adopted a five-year strategic plan Preparing Urban Youth to Lead in the 21st Century with one single overarching goal: to triple the number of students who participate in competitive policy debate through NAUDL-affiliated leagues by 2016.

Main Programs

  1. League Development and Support
  2. Coach Training
  3. Urban Debate National Championship
  4. Fundraising Training Conference
  5. Public Debate Programs
Service Areas

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Illinois

Atlanta, GA

Baltimore, MD

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

Dallas, TX

Denver, CO

Detroit, MI

Houston, TX

Kansas City, MO

Los Angeles, CA

Memphis, TN

Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN

Nashville, TN

Newark, NJ

New York, NY

Providence, RI

St. Louis, MO

San Francisco, CA

Washington, DC

ruling year

2006

Executive Director

Self-reported

Ms. Linda Listrom

Keywords

Self-reported

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

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EIN

20-4323096

Also Known As

NAUDL

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Secondary/High School (B25)

Management & Technical Assistance (B02)

Student Services and Organizations (B80)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Participating in a policy debate program and academic achievement among at-risk adolescents in an urban public school district: 1997-2007
Journal of Adolescence (2012), Susannah Anderson and Briana Mezuk

In this review of data from the Chicago Debate League study , Anderson and Mezuk conclude that participation in debate leads to higher graduation rates and achievement of ACT college readiness benchmarks, even for those students most at-risk of not completing high school.

Key findings:

• Among the highest risk students, 72% of debaters graduated as compared with 43% of non-debaters.
• The level of participation in debate (number of rounds debated) is a strong predictor of high school completion. Students who debate more, are more likely to graduate.
• All students who debated, including those at-risk, scored higher on the ACT and were more likely to achieve college readiness benchmarks in English, Reading and Science.

Impact of participating in a policy debate program on academic achievement: Evidence from the Chicago Urban Debate League
Educational Research and Reviews, Vol. 6(9), Briana Mezuk, Irina Bondarenko, Suzanne Smith, and Eric Tucker

Findings from the Chicago Debate League study clearly demonstrate the academic benefits of participating in a policy debate program, even after controlling for the “self-selection” bias – i.e. that students who choose to debate may be predisposed to greater academic success.

When measured against their academically similar peers, key findings showed that:

• 90% of debaters graduated, as compared with 75% of non-debating peers.
• Debaters had higher average ACT scores and were more likely to achieve college-readiness benchmarks in all four areas of the ACT – Reading (15% more likely), English (15% more likely), Science (27% more likely) and Math (10% more likely).
• Debaters had higher average cumulative GPAs at graduation: 3.23% as compared to 2.83%. Previous research has determined that a GPA of 3.0 or better is a key indicator of college-readiness and success in college coursework.

Urban debate and high school educational outcomes for African American males: The case of the Chicago Debate League
Journal of Negro Education, 2009, Briana Mezuk, PhD

This study examines data from the Chicago Debate League with a focus on the effects of participation in debate for African American males in the Chicago Public Schools, compared with their peers. In this analysis, Mezuk concludes that African American males were 70% more likely to graduate and three times less likely to drop out than their peers.

Programs

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

Program 1

League Development and Support

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 4 years. No league built under this model has ever failed. Today, NAUDL supports leagues in 19 cities (Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Memphis, Milwaukee, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Nashville, Newark, New York, Providence, St. Louis, and San Francisco/Oakland). It provides technical assistance, sets standards for program quality, and measures outcomes.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Ethnic/Racial Minorities -- General

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Program 2

Coach Training

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Program 3

Urban Debate National Championship

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Program 4

Fundraising Training Conference

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Program 5

Public Debate Programs

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Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Please see our Strategic Plan located under additional documents
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
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  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Please see our Strategic Plan
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
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  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
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Service Areas

Self-reported

Illinois

Atlanta, GA

Baltimore, MD

Boston, MA

Chicago, IL

Dallas, TX

Denver, CO

Detroit, MI

Houston, TX

Kansas City, MO

Los Angeles, CA

Memphis, TN

Milwaukee, WI

Minneapolis, MN

Nashville, TN

Newark, NJ

New York, NY

Providence, RI

St. Louis, MO

San Francisco, CA

Washington, DC

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Financials

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR URBAN DEBATE LEAGUES
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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National Association for Urban Debate Leagues

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Linda Listrom

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Leonard Gail

Massey & Gail LLP

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