Leading with Debate Fellowship
The Leading with Debate Fellowship (LDF) Program
BAUDL youth want more from debate than competitive tournaments. They want meaningful skills in critical thinking, advocacy, and leadership. LDF is a program focused on providing youth development and connection to members of the community.
Leading with Debate Fellowship fulfills two BAUDL promises:
1. Our promise to the community: BAUDL is invested in providing urban youth with a platform and skills to be conscious, informed leaders. Debate is the best pathway that I've witnessed to college and life success. The research agrees - Debate makes a difference!
2. Our promise to students: There is an intellectual community of people who want to make a difference in the Bay Area and will listen to youth, if they will speak up.
Previous LDF Events
Innovations in Education Roundtable
Featuring Mayor Libby Schaaf, Superintendent Antwan Wilson, & Oakland School Board Member Roseann Torres
January 26, 2015
Education is one of the civil rights issues of our time. Policyakers, advocates, educators and members of our community have been grappling with way to reform our public school systems and improve academic outcomes for low income youth of color.
The "Innovations in Urban Education" Roundtable brought together a number of different stakeholder and provided a forum where their voices were on equal footing in front of the community of Oakland. Students, teachers, school board members, the OUSD Superintendent, and even the Mayor of Oakland were all on equal footing and free to discuss their ideas for the future of Oakland youth.
Mayor Schaaf, Superintendent Wilson, & School Board member Rosann Torres laid out their visions for Oakland students, but it is their desire to hear our youth that must be championed! They took time to sit at the table with young people and hear their experience, consider their ideas. BAUDL thanks Mayor Schaaf, Superintendent Wilson, and Rosann Torres for being champions for youth voice and decision-making!
Castlemont senior, Precious Braziel (pictured above), told stories of underpaid teachers leaving the classroom and administrative turnover that made Castlemont feel like an unstable place to learn. Precious advocated increased salaries for Oakland teachers by 20% because Oakland teachers are the lowest paid in the Bay Area; she also argued for additional administrative training to reduce turnover.
Bay Area Youth: Engaged & Informed
A three event series held during the 2015-16 school year
Event 1. October 24, 2015 - BAUDL TED Talks
youth use their critical thinking skills to address the problems in
their communities. Each student has developed a 5-7 minute presentation
in the style of a TED Talk with the hopes of gaining the meaningful
support of community changemakers. We ask changemakers to listen, consider, and provide feedback to help make the visions of BAUDL youth realities.
Event 2. November 19, 2015 - The Bay Area Community Debate
Pair up with a BAUDL youth and try your hand at competitive debate in a
shortened and public format. Work in a one-on-one setting to prepare.
Bring your skills to the debate round. This experience will change the
life of a young person forever. In fact, it's how Mya Whitaker met Mayor
Libby Schaaf and began to think of her own future career in government.
B. Offer your eye and thoughts to the Judging of our Community Debate. Listen, consider, and provide
feedback on the skills that pay the bills (the content &
presentation in the debate). Help youth improve their ability to
communicate their ideas.
Event 3. January 20, 2016 - Collaboration for a Better Bay!
event is a small collaboration &
problem-solving event. Educators, youth, and community members come together to tackle a significant
problem of our time, gentrification. This is something that many of our students are experiencing first hand and have Participants brainstorm a vital concern in the Bay, offer varying insights, and make
suggestions for solutions. Together we can form an Action Plan that could be pursued in