As the 2016-17 season draws to a close, we have many successes to celebrate- many of which have been highlighted right here! There was Denise reaching the finalist stage for National Urban Debater of the Year, an inspirational Moot Court, and continued growth seen in our alumni as they flourish in mentorship roles.
The numbers from the season tell this same story. Attendance at the 2016 Summer Institute more than doubled levels from 2015, and the number of Core Debaters (those students attending at least one tournament) were also twice as high as last year. We more than tripled the number of teachers we trained. All of this in a year when we weathered one of the most challenging evolutions a young organization can face, transitioning to new leadership as our Dmitri Seals, our founding ED, moved to southern California and Monica Spear took over the reins.
SVUDL has truly thrived this year, and we are deeply grateful to each and every person who made that possible. From our staff to our Board to our donors to our teacher-coaches to our incredible volunteers, everyone has made critical contributions to our success- and, most, importantly, to the growth and success of the hundreds of amazing young people we serve!