Youth For Debate


Youth for Debate, Inc. (YFD) was founded at Columbia University in 2009 with the purpose of improving education in public schools through debate and public speaking instruction by encouraging students to think critically and advocate for themselves. It has since grown to be a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, the second-largest service organization at Columbia.


Spring 2017 Resolution

Resolved: A direct popular vote should replace the Electoral College in American presidential elections.


Need the schedule for the upcoming week, lost a worksheet we handed out, or just want to learn more outside of the lessons?

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Executive Board

Want to know who's behind the scenes of YFD? Meet the members of our Executive Board for the 2016-2017 school year!

Meet the Board Members


Use the calendar to stay informed about all the major events of the Spring 2017 semester program and beyond.

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Meet our team of talented, experienced coaches who will be personally helping you improve your public speaking skills.

 Coming Fall 2017