Program Model

The SVUDL model is designed to channel the incredible power of youth voice, uniting adults and young people in a campaign to make smart cool on every campus we serve. Three mutually reinforcing programs accomplish these goals:

  • Competitive Debate taps the joy of expression and the excitement of tournament competition, inspiring youth to practice hard and make previously unimaginable progress.

  • Leadership Development trains youth to lead teams, schools, and communities – and supports each debater in graduating from high school and college.

  • Curriculum Innovation works with teachers and administrators to create classrooms and schools that channel the power of student voice to make smart cool.