Nearly 200 debaters and over 80 volunteers, judges, teachers, alumni, coaches gathered for our second debate tournament of the year at the Institute for Collaborative Education!  Policy Debaters argued the topic “Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States.”  Given Hurricane Sandy’s devastating effects on the transportation infrastructure of New York City, this topic was particularly relevant. High School debaters in the event of public forum debate argued the topic “Resolved: Current U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East undermines our national security.” Middle school debaters in the event of public forum debate argued the topic, “Resolved: Developed countries have a moral obligation to mitigate the effects of climate change.”  Parents and volunteers who came to watch and help with the debates remarked they were “amazed” and “awed” by 6th graders arguing about the science behind global warming and high school debaters tackling peace in the Middle East.  It was truly an inspirational Saturday.

 We would like to thank all our fantastic volunteers, alumni, teachers, coaches, parents and everyone for making our second tournament such a success!  We would also like to thank the Citizens Committee of New York for sponsoring our tournament.  For more than 35 years, the Citizens Committee has supported volunteer-led neighborhood groups carrying out community improvement projects in the most underserved neighborhoods and schools across all five boroughs.  This is our first year partnering with Citizens Committee to provide the best education opportunities for all NYC youth and we hope to continue far into the future. Thank you so much for your support!