FAQ

Our tournaments and resources are free for students and schools. Our mission is to support Title I low income schools and students that do not have access to debate. We thank our incredible volunteers and supporters for making everything possible. With that being said, we can only support as many students and schools as our volunteers can. So please be patient with our network of volunteers. We may have to cap schools and tournaments to a certain number of debaters.  Schools and organizations that are not Title I schools can inquire on membership and fees to support Title I schools. 

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How much does this program cost?

Our program is open to students in elementary school, middle school, high school or college.

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What grade levels can participate?
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Yes, our team of volunteers can help as much as possible. Combined, we have dozens of years of speech and debate teaching experience, curriculum and resources.  Teachers and schools can sign up for our program free and receive support! Please sign up on our school membership page. 

I'm a teacher and interested in starting a speech and debate team.

Yes, unfortunately at this time we can only offer our tournaments, programs, resources and website in the English language. 

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Are your programs only in the English language?
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Do I need to have a speech or debate team at my school?

No, you do not need to be on a speech or debate team if you attend a Title I low income school without a program. Students can participate in all our programs on their own as well as access our educational resources and online support. Feel free to contact us anytime for questions. We do ask that you receive school or teacher support to participate in our programs. Our program is school based. 

I would like to make a donation
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Our program is free for all. We rely on donations and support to run 20+ tournaments a year and 20+ awards ceremonies. So definitely consider donating to the Great Debaters online. You can contact us at greatdebatersonline@gmail.com

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