The New York City Elementary School Debate and Speech League was founded in 2019 because there were few debate and speech opportunities for elementary school students. While there are many high school and middle school leagues in the city, there was no citywide league to support elementary schools. The NYC Elementary School Debate & Speech League was founded as the city's first citywide debate and speech league exclusively for elementary schools (Grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th)
Our mission is every elementary school should have a debate team.
Studies show debate is a game changer for academic, personal and life success. The time has come for every elementary school to have a debate and speech team.
We believe all youth should have access to scholastic debate. Debate is the best program for academic, career, civic and life success.
Every elementary school should have a debate and speech team.
Debate empowers youth voice, youth leadership, youth academics, youth civics, and youth life skills.