SVUDL works to elevate life outcomes for low-income high school students in Silicon Valley through the academically rigorous sport of debate.

. . .debate - by providing actual portable skills transferable to professions, business and academia - provides a singular opportunity for students to learn to operate effectively  within a wide variety of settings and institutions.  Having those skills will enable students to fulfill their potential, achieve their aspirations and to work to shape society in accordance with their values.

James Basile, SVUDL Board Member and Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP  


New Executive Director for SVUDL

Rolland Janairo will take the helm on December 17. Read more

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Held Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Yerba Buena High School in San Jose


Winning varsity team from SVUDL October 2018 tournament selected to represent SVUDL in Spokane, WA!


SVUDL offers more than an afterschool program; our impact stems from a deep school partnership model proven to change outcomes for underserved youth.  With training and support, members of the debate team become leaders on their campuses, helping to shift expectations of what low-income youth can achieve. This research-based program model makes SVUDL one of the most cost-effective ways to impact young lives.