Our History and Mission
The Great Debaters Online was founded in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools and subsequently speech and debate programs across the city, nation and world were shut down. The Great Debaters online was started by the NYC Elementary School Speech and Debate League, volunteer school teachers, educators, students, and parents to make speech and debate opportunities free and accessible for all students. 7 days a week, 365 days a year we provide free support for students and schools to access free speech and debate tournaments. Every month we host free online speech and debate competitions FREE for all students and all grade levels.
Our mission is every student, school, teacher and family should have access to both speech and debate education opportunities. These are the most powerful academic programs in the world.