Just five short years ago, University Preparatory High School, a small charter school located in the heart of the city of Detroit, started its policy debate team. In four short years, the team was able to earn four bids to the Tournament of Champions (the SuperBowl of Debate), win the Berkeley Tournament at the University of California-Berkeley (the largest tournament of the season), win the National of Association of Urban Debate Leagues Tournament, be the top seed, semi-finalists and have the top speaker at the Tournament of Champions in 2014. They were the first African-American students to achieve some of these accomplishment. We were able to achieve all of the above success with the help of some generous donors.
After a whirlwind season, our team is facing an uncertain future. Debate is extremely expensive and all of the donations have run out. National tournament travel costs thousands per tournament. Here is a sample breakdown:
Tournament Entry Fee $150
Plane Tickets for 2 debaters and a coach $1000
Two Hotel rooms for the duration of the tournament $800
In addition, in order for students to be successful, debate camp experiences during the summer are crucial. Debate camp at the country's top universities cost between $2,000-$6000 for 3-7 weeks of instruction.
Our team has done some great things but we are in desperate need of funding in order for our team to survive.
Please consider donating to these phenomenal students that are showing just what amazing students there are in the city of Detroit. Any amount small or large would be helpful.