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Silicon Valley Urban Debate League

SVUDL works to elevate life outcomes for high school students from low-income households in Silicon Valley through the academically rigorous sports of speech and debate.




SVUDL’s focus is to train young people in key life skills—critical thinking, persuasive argument, and communication—by teaching them effective communication and advocacy skills and providing them with opportunities to compete in speech and debate tournaments. Our students come from under-resourced backgrounds, and one of our goals is to close the opportunity gap they face every day - a gap that is the result of inequity and systemic racism. The very skills our students are developing in speech and debate are needed now more than ever, to overcome this gap and advocate for change.