The BUDL BUZZ: September 2017 Edition


Welcome Back!

We cannot believe that it is already September and school is back in action! The Baltimore Urban Debate League is excited to start the school year with so many new schools, debaters, and teacher coaches to bring in the new competitive debate season. Before we share what’s ahead, here are few updates on what kept our students busy over the summer…


Summer Camp 2017


This year’s Elementary/Middle School summer camp served 64 students at The Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus. We introduced a few new elements this year, focusing on public and committee style debates. Students observed new styles of speech and debate including impromptu speaking, duo interpretation, and original oratory!



Public Debates


Thanks to MECU, debaters gathered at Govans Farmers Market to engage the public in a summer public debate! They used this time to show off their public speaking and debate skills to a bustling crowd! What a wonderful way to engage the community!

Start of Something New & The 2017-2018 Competitive Debate Season


BUDL is excited to bring on several Lead Coaches in the EMS Competitive Debate Program. Due to our rapid expansion of 39 city schools in the EMS program, they will help to support our newest schools as they learn the debate season ropes. Lead Coaches will visit schools and serve as peer coaches throughout the school year. We look forward to sharing news from them and updating you all on the amazing progress happening afterschool and on Saturday tournaments.

This year’s debate policy resolution is “Resolved: The State of Maryland should drastically curtail standardized testing for public school students in grades K-12.” Students and coaches voted on this resolution at the end of last season and certainly will have plenty of arguments to share on how this impacts their educational experience!


Elementary/Middle School Tournament #1

Join us on Saturday, October 14th for BUDL’s first elementary/middle school tournament of the season held at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School (5207 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21210).

E-mail if you are interested in being a volunteer-judge–no experience necessary!






It’s Debatable!

BUDL PD’s “It’s Debatable” 2AU course had another great summer session, adding eleven new members to the BUDL PD family. We’ll be looking to keep up our momentum when we offer an open planning workshop on September 12th to add BUDL PD past participants and friends.

Email for more information.



Coleen’s Corner

More than January, September always feels like a new year. It could be because of my birthday, but more likely it is because I have always loved the beginning of the school year! September feels like a time full of promise, excitement, and hope.

We are so excited about all of the changes and growth happening in our EMS program already. We’re still working on getting schools recruited so there is potential for even more. I hope that your September feels full of promise, excitement, and hope too!

~Coleen Reyes, Executive Director


High School Program Update

Though it was a difficult decision to put our high school program on hiatus for a school year, we still believe it was the right decision. Our high school program is in the process of being redesigned. In addition to processing lots of feedback from stakeholders, we are engaging in a design thinking experience to refine the lessons from the past, hopes, and goals for the new program.

We are building from the foundation up so asking lots of questions and considering lots of options. We are excited about the potential for our new program to increase opportunities for young people in high schools all over the city to further develop their own voice and use it with power and purpose.


Without you, BUDL could not provide after-school programming and Saturday competitive debate tournaments for students across the District. Give a gift to BUDL and support the good work happening in Baltimore. Share us with friends and tell them about how debate matters in your life.  Thank you for the debate love!