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Rural Debate Initiative 

A 501(c)(3) registered non-profit focused on expanding access to debate

Who We Are

We are the Rural Debate Initiative, a nationally focused non-profit that provides free debate education to 7th-12th grade students in rural areas. We are supported by a group of experienced educators and passionate debaters. We champion and leverage the assets unique to rural communities and rural individuals through our supplemental and debate programs. We aim to provide rural students with a comprehensive enrichment experience, equipping them with a variety of skills such as communication, critical thinking, leadership, and teamwork that prepares them for any educational or career path of their choosing. 

Our Programs

Debate, but More Than Debate

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Debate Coaching

Free weekly online coaching sessions with experienced coaches 

Online Camps and Tournaments

Free online tournaments and summer camps that vastly improve accessibiilty

Supplemental Programs

Additional programs to help debaters grow academically and professionally


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