Preparing Students for College & Developing Leaders
While many students have parents, family members, and friends who did not go to college, UDLs change what is possible for these students. Studies show:
- UDLs have a graduation rate of nearly 100% in schools that have dropout rates of 30-40%
- More than 75% of UDL students go on to a four-year university. These students have an 80% matriculation rate.
According to a survey by the National Forensics League, 64% of U.S. Congress members competed in debate or speech in high school. Debaters are disproportionately represented in leadership ranks in law, business, and the academy. With high expectations, expanded horizons, and advanced skills, urban debaters are equipped to improve their schools, strengthen their communities, and ultimately make a contribution to the nation's leadership.
Alumni Excellence AwardEvery tournament we highlight some alumni who have gone on to amazing things both in and outside of our league.
Tywain TittleCrenshaw High School
Abigail NolascoCHAMPS Charter
Joey GomezFremont High School
Matthew FloresLos Angeles Leadership Academy
Jourdyn GodoyEast Valley High School
Imogene AdamsBravo Medical Magnet High School
Yardley RosasDowntown Magnets High School
Saul CardenasSouth Gate High School
Brianna LozanoStern Math and Science School