Boston Debate League (BDL)

The Boston Debate League helps students develop their critical thinking, communication, and other important life and academic skills, as they learn by engaging with one another, after school and in the classroom. Before BDL was founded in 2005, most students in Boston did not have access to debate, even though it can have a powerful impact. BDL’s mission is to integrate argumentation and competitive debate into public schools in Boston to develop critical thinkers ready for college, career, and engagement with the world around them. Through debate, students learn about academic concepts, politics and policies, the world around them, and use their own voices to catalyze change in their communities.

This is the Hestia’s 7th year funding the Boston Debate League. Hestia’s $25,000 grant will support the Evidence-Based Argumentation program.