Transforming Education Through Competition
Welcome to the Florida Debate Initiative!
Our goal here is simple: to provide an environment where every high school student in Central Florida and surrounding areas has the opportunity to participate in competitive high school debate and public speaking.
The Central Florida Debate Initiative first implemented programs in Central Florida high schools in the 2013-2014 school year. Since then, the organization has evolved from the Central Florida Debate Initiative into the Florida Debate Initiative, in order to serve as an advocate for the development and support for speech and debate programs throughout the state. We believe that the benefits of speech and debate should be accessible to all students in our state's public, private, public charter schools and in the home school environment.
Our goals include assisting schools without existing programs to develop speech and debate; supporting schools with existing programs; providing affordable academic competition opportunities to all, and most importantly to foster civic engagement through participation in forensics. The Florida Debate Initiative achieves these goals by:
If you would like to get involved as a coach or student, or to act as a volunteer or sponsor, click on the buttons to the right to get started!
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