The Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League is a public/private partnership that brings together an active community of students, educators, business leaders, and community leaders devoted to improving the education and life skills of youth in Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Unified School District
LAUSD is a significant parnter with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Debate League. They support our logistical and organizational structure. In addition, their participating schools often host our events.
Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District enrolls more than 600,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The District covers 710 square miles, and includes Los Angeles, as well as all or parts of 31 smaller municipalities, plus several unincorporated sections of Los Angeles County.
Our university partners provides essential support to LAMDL. They provide free space to host tournaments and training seminars throughout our competitive season each year. Additionally, the University of Southern California hosts our annual summer debate institute. All of our university partners also provide a wealth of volunteer judges that are crucial to make hundreds of debates happen each year. When our students graduate, many go on to be students at these schools and debate at these programs in college as well.
University of Southern California
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Los Angeles
...and other local schools!
Foundations & Sponsors
In addition to individual contributions, LAMDL has received substantial financial support from Southern California Edison, Verizon, The Skylight Foundation, The USC Good Neighbors Campaign, The James Irvine Foundation, The Julia Burke Foundation, The Los Angeles Clippers Foundation, The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation, The California Community Foundation, The Arthur N. Rupe Foundation, The Engineer’s and Architect’s Association, Munger Tolles & Olson LLP, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, O’Melveny & Meyers LLP, Susman Godfrey LLP, Paul Hasting LLP, The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, and the National Speech and Debate Association.
The Urban Debate Network
The National Association for Urban Debate Leagues (NAUDL) is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that prepares students to succeed in college and in their future careers by organizing and supporting competitive debate teams in public schools across the country. The NAUDL engages in advocacy and fundraising on behalf of Urban Debate Leagues (UDLs) like LAMDL, which operate at 500 high schools and middle schools in 19 cities across the country including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, D.C., New York, and Los Angeles.
NAUDL hosts the annual Urban Debate National Championship. Established in 2008, this tournament features debaters from different cities across the nation squaring off in a major U.S. city every April. Debaters compete in regional tournaments for the right to advance to the National Championship. LAMDL hosts a qualifying round-robin tournament to determine our representatives each year.