High school parliamentary debate is a beautiful competitive art form.
Participants are enriched personally and academically.
Students are often marginalized based on race and socioeconomic status.
Urban Parli is an important step in crafting a lasting solution.
High school debate offers participants keys to present and future success. Not only do young people develop the critical thinking and public speaking skills so prized by employers, they also gain immediate benefits. High school debaters perform better in the classroom, score higher on standardized tests, have higher GPAs, and, when compared to their non-debate peers, have a better chance of being accepted into elite colleges and universities. Debate is a path towards leadership. Urban Parli wants to open up this amazing activity to all people and to remove as many barriers to entry as possible.