Dear BUDL community,

On behalf of the staff and board of the Baltimore Urban Debate League we want to express our most heart felt solidarity with the members of the community we are here to serve.   We are promoters of youth voice that is expressed with power and purpose.   We are a large community with many voices and many experiences but we are united with a common desire to see our community become stronger, better, and more just in the wake of these most recent examples of violence and injustice in our city.  The anger and frustration so many of us feel is real and rooted in decades of painful neglect of our communities.   The voices of our teachers, our school leaders, our students and their families and neighbors have been shouting to be heard and have too often been muffled, diminished or silenced.

Today the Baltimore Urban Debate League is committed to continuing to raise the positive, justice and peace seeking voices of our youth.   Together they have a collective knowledge, experience, and wisdom.  Often before we may know where  or how to move ahead they see the pathway forward.  We will continue to support, and encourage and make way for their leadership.

With deep love and respect,

The Baltimore Urban Debate League

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The Mount Washington School has kicked off public debate month in style by heading to the White House this past Friday. Debaters, along with Mt. Washington Coach, Ryan Kaiser, scoured the White House Visitor’s Center for facts they could use to respond to this statement: The White House represents every day life in America.

In pursuit of an answer, debaters learned fun facts ranging from the negotiation of major peace treaties inside the White House walls to the cozy living quarters for families, to White House pets, to the fact that President Reagan had 3 TONS of jelly beans shipped to the White House for his inauguration! While several of us agreed that we love jelly beans, we also agreed we’d never have the luxury of having 6000 lbs of them all at once! So, does life in the White House represent daily life in America? You’ll have to decide that for yourself!

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High School Debaters! Still need service learning hours? BUDL’s got you covered. Check out our 7 favorite ways to serve this spring break. Opportunities start TOMORROW! Sign up now using the links below. [click image to englarge]

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Usher for the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company
Sign Up Today! http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1976012.jsp

Make books available to the community with Book Thing of Baltimore
http://www.bookthing.org/help.html

Help BUDL get our space ready for Summer!
Fill out this form: http://budl.org/engage-with-us/

Sort Donations at Paul’s Place for the Clothing Marketplace
Sign up here: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1934156.jsp

Clean up the Woods with Clean Bread and Cheese Creek
Sign up here: http://www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp1937273.jsp

Save the Bay starting in Gwynn’s Falls Park
More info here: http://bcrp.baltimorecity.gov/About/BCRPEvents.aspx

Garden for Moveable Feast!
Complete this form: http://www.mfeast.org/volunteers

Victorious Calverton DebatersThank you to all of our debaters, parents, coaches, and volunteers who joined us last Saturday at our End of Year Celebration!

We had a wonderful time at the Ravens’ M&T Bank Stadium, eating nachos, taking photos with Poe the Raven, and enjoying the amazing power and positivity of the Baltimore Urban Debate Community. We even gave out a few awards! Below are the honorees:

Volunteer of the Year
Given to an exemplary volunteer who supports and furthers the BUDL mission.
Jayson Myers

Giving Back Award
Presented to Alumni and/or Volunteers who have, through their actions, given back to BUDL in a meaningful way.
Latin Graves
Kieran Lerch
Maria Cedillo

Elementary/Middle School Coach of the Year
Coach Alexis Suskin-Sperry, Green Street Academy

High School Coach of the Year
Andrew Pappas, Baltimore Polytechnic High School

The Cardin Cup
An award given to a middle school to honor extraordinary members of the Baltimore Urban Debate League Family who demonstrate a love of life, learning and community.
Friendship Preparatory Academy at Calverton

Debater of the Year
Given to a debater who embodies the values of the Baltimore Urban Debate League.
Wayne Young, ’15

Head over to our Facebook page for more pictures, courtesy of whatseatingcheff.com!