The BUDL BUZZ – BUDL in Bloom – 03.2017 Edition

COLEEN’S CORNER

Spring is a time of wonder and growth. We are excited to continue seeing our young people bloom and shine all over their schools and city. Join us in celebrating the wonders of spring by seeing the light and newness everywhere!

– Coleen Reyes, Executive Director

 

DESERT ISLAND DEBATE

At our last regular season EMS tournament of the year, on March 18th, we asked our debaters who they would debate if they could debate anyone in the world. You might be surprised by their answers!

30% of students would love to take on our President Donald J. Trump and 15% their coach or teacher!

 

 

 

 

Adventures and Acclaim at BUDL Travel Debates 

On March 3rd and 4th, a group of 22 BUDL debaters braved the cold to head to the Lakeland Westchester Classic, an annual invitational tournament held in Shrub Oak, NY.
It was an eventful weekend, with Baltimore City College debater Deontrey Y. (teamed with Will D.) placing 5th in Speaker Awards for Varsity Policy, and Tyler T., also of Baltimore City College, and debating alone, advancing to the quarter-finals in Novice Policy.

Photo provided by BCC Debate Coach, Patrick Daniels. Thanks Coach Daniels for the photo!

Congratulations to all of our adventurous high school debaters!

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT

Elijah, of Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, is hardly new to debate. Though he’s been a BUDL debater for two and a half years, he’s been, by his own admission, debating since he was two years old.
“I have to have the last word,” he says. “It runs in my family.”
“It’s not necessarily about the win,” he continues, “even though it feels good to have won a round. It’s more about learning something new, having fun, even making new friends.”
At the end of his seventh grade year, Elijah is currently plotting his next move. He hopes to bring his debate prowess to the Baltimore School for the Arts, where he would like to study architecture, visual arts, or theater.
We know you can succeed at whatever you put your mind to, Elijah!

STUDENT CLIMATE AMBASSADOR INITIATIVE

On March 22nd, BUDL hosted its second Student Climate Ambassador training, piloted to support student debaters in effecting change in their own schools. In attendance were student ambassadors from three schools: Lillie May Carroll Jackson, Calverton, and Frederick Douglass. The students revisited their Session 1 focus on the five pillars of School Climate, and continued to develop the skills to engage all stakeholders and work together as a team.

We are excited for ambassadors to report back on their next task: interviewing three members of their schools!

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIP

Join us on Saturday, April 1st at Roland Park Elementary/Middle School (5207 Roland Ave, Baltimore MD 21210) for BUDL’s Elementary and Middle School Championship tournament! We could not be more excited to celebrate our students’ amazing achievements throughout the year, and we invite you to come out and support our very own Great Debaters.
Contact BUDL at volunteers@budl.org if you are interested in being a volunteer-judge–no experience necessary!
 

“It’s Debatable!” Professional Development Graduates 10 New Teachers!

We are proud to share that our “It’s Debatable!” program has graduated ten new teachers! One of those graduates is BUDL debate alum Nisa Little, who is now a fourth grade teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools. Here at BUDL we love lifelong learners, and are especially excited to see debate come full circle.
If you are interested in learning more about Professional Development and how debate can support all subjects, teachers, and classrooms, contact Jen Wheeler (jennifer@budl.org) for more information on BUDL’s “It’s Debatable!” professional development program.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT!
Without you, BUDL could not provide after-school programming, competitive debate tournaments, community engagement events, and free summer camp for students across the District.
Give a gift to BUDL and support student voice in the City of Baltimore.  Check out our donate page to see how your contribution helps promote voice.  Share us with friends and tell them about how debate matters in your life.  We appreciate you!

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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Join us this Saturday for the first Speed Camera debate of 2015!

What: BUDL Elementary/Middle School Tournament #6
Where: Roland Park Elementary/Middle School
5207 Roland Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21210
When: Saturday March 7th, 8:45 am to 1:30 pm.

2015 CITI FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIPS AT BUDL

Join the Baltimore Urban Debate League for our final High School tournament of the year: our Championships!

What: BUDL High School Championship
Where: Frederick Douglass High School
2301 Gwynns Falls Pkwy, Baltimore, MD 21217
When: Saturday, February 28th, 8:30 am to 8 pm
The High School Championship Tournament consists of three rounds, semi-finals and final rounds.
Spectators are welcome!
Thank you to CITI Foundation for the generous support!