A-GAME Application Now Available Online

The Baltimore Urban Debate League’s A-GAME Project engages the voices of Baltimore’s youth in a city-wide and school-based campaign to build awareness and activate students and educators around Baltimore City’s school attendance crisis.  A-GAME stands for: Attendance & Grades Amplify My Excellence!!

Apply online here: http://budl.org/2013-2014/

Students will:

  • Be required to have above a 95% attendance rate.  NO more than 5 absences per school year. Additionally, your class/period attendance is a 95% attendance rate;
  • Have a minimum quarter GPA of 2.5 (at application time) and maintain a minimum quarter GPA of 3.0 during the Student Ambassador year;
  • Participate on their school’s debate team in a minimum of 3 debate tournaments, attend debate practice each week, and judge a minimum of 3 Elementary/Middle school debate tournaments;
  • Participate on the A-GAME city-wide committee of student representatives;
  • Plan and execute projects that promote good attendance in their schools;
  • Recruit and engage an A-GAME committee at their school; and
  • Take part in the BUDL College Access program.

Ideal participants will be:

  • Available for commitments for the entire 2013-2014 school year;
  • Motivated self – starters; and
  • Available to work after-school hours.

A complete application will include:

  • Completed application form;
  • 1 (One) letter of recommendation (teacher, counselor, or administrator at your current school);
  • 2 (Two) one-page typed essays (12 point font; single-spaced); and
  • Submission of all application materials via in-person, mail, fax or e-mail by July 1, 2013.

Announcing BUDL’s 2013 Countdown to College Summer Institute!

This comprehensive summer institute will grant BUDL high school students the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the college application process! From start to finish, high school students will create a comprehensive individual plan that will help them as they embark on and begin their college journeys!  The summer institute will involve high school-to-college transition discussions, SAT preparation, college campus visits, information on the financial aid process, career exploration and college selection activities.

Furthermore, the seniors will be able participate in a FREE, full length SAT preparation course that will begin during the summer institute and continue August 17 – September 28, 2013 (on Saturdays)!  This course will allow students the chance to improve their test taking skills while raising their scores through practice tests and intense lessons.  This 6-lesson course will include all the materials necessary for the students to practice and improve their scores in all areas of the test.

Interested students should apply online: http://budl.org/2013-countdown-to-college-summer-institute/

Please feel free to call Courtney Thrower at 410-752-2835 extension 107 or e-mail at courtney@budl.org with any questions or concerns.