If you are considering a gift of $500 or more, please click here to read more about the BAUDL Leadership Circle.
Your support makes a real difference for Bay Area youth. Individual financial contributions are the backbone of the Bay Area Urban Debate League, fueling tournaments and workshops for our young advocates, professional development for our teachers, and much more:
- A gift of$20 makes a Supply Pack. It gives a single student the tools they need to compete – files, timers, tubs to store the evidence they research by hand, and more.
- A gift of $50 funds a Mega Novice Workshop. Here, we roll onto campus with pizza, evidence packs, and enthusiasm to get new recruits pumped about the life of the mind.
- A gift of $100 enables Tournament Travel. This gets a team of students out to a tournament who otherwise couldn’t make it, helping them their skills against some of the brightest minds in the Bay Area.
- A gift of $200 provides a Summer Lab Pack, equipping 20 young people with all the gear they need to begin their lives as debaters at our annual Summer Institute.
- A gift of $500 funds a Youth Debater for an entire year, opening up an intellectual world for them, making it possible for them to practice, attend workshops, roll out to tournaments, and build strong voices through debate.
To lend your support with a donation online, please click the button below:
If you prefer to donate by mail, please make a check payable to BAUDL and send to the following address:
Bay Area Urban Debate League
287 17th St, Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94612
The BAUDL is a nonprofit organization, and all financial contributions are tax deductible. Following your generous donation, you will promptly be provided with appropriate documentation.
Volunteer with the BAUDL
Put BAUDL on your schedule: get the Program Calendar for 2011-2012 here!
Opportunities to support the Bay Area Urban Debate League go far beyond the financial. Whether or not you have debate experience, there are dozens of ways for you to be involved. Our volunteers perform crucial roles in our program: they act as mentors guiding our debate teams; they judge at weekend tournaments; they assist with the daily work of the league. The following are three of the most common roles in which volunteers support our work:
- Debate judges attend weekend tournaments, listen to the arguments of our debaters, and give them feedback to help them grow as researchers and advocates. No prior experience in debate is necessary – if you think you might enjoy listening to young people speak their mind on politics, you are likely qualified to serve as a judge.
- Team mentors work with an individual school, collaborating with teachers on a near-weekly basis to run engaging debate practices for Bay Area youth. Some experience in competitive debate is helpful here, though we provide training and support to make sure that all can succeed.
- Administrative interns push forward the crucial work of development, data analysis, and advocacy that makes the program work of the league possible. Where some nonprofits pass boring labor onto administrative interns, we work with our interns to create projects that are meaningful and fun.
These are only a few of the ways in which you can contribute to the work of the BAUDL. Tell us your preferences, and we will work with you to find a rewarding role for you that is sensitive to your schedule. Email our director to find out what you can do in your area today: .
Policy Debate is a very resource-intensive activity, and in-kind donations make it possible for young people who step and take the challenge of debate to have the materials and support they need to reach the highest levels of excellence. All gifts are welcome, but the following would make a particularly deep impact:
- Laptop computers and books. The majority of teams on the national circuit debate “paperless”, and our most dedicated debaters need laptops to compete.
- Flash drives and the computer mouse. If you have old USB mice or flash drives, our debaters can most definitely put them to use!
- Donated space for team practices and events (easily accessible via public transportation).
- Access to high-level research databases such as Lexis-Nexis, Proquest, etc.
- Multimedia tools including LCD Projector, video camera, still camera
- Incentives and prizes including gift certificates, mp3 players, and more.
- Printers and/or copy machines and related supplies, including paper (8.5 x 11 & 8.5 x 14)
Email our director to find out how you can make a difference for Bay Area youth: .
It takes a community of support to make real systemic change for youth. Even small donations can help. The video at this link will make it clear why more than 300 supporters have already given this year. Click here for more.