Elbert Hardeman

Elbert Hardeman fundraising for 2012 Team Debate!

Elbert Hardeman 's fundraiser for Boston Debate League

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Your support will help make a difference in the lives of Boston Public School middle and high school students. Help make a difference today.

Running for a Great Cause - The Boston Debate League

 Imagine a program that has a proven track record of improving academic performance for some of the most at risk students in the public school system, a program that doesn't tell inter-city kids what they can't do but sets high expectations and challenges students to achieve an academic rigor their school may not provide. The National "Education Gap" is today's civil rights issue. I believe that every person in America has the right to a proper education. That's why I'm running 26.2 miles for the Boston Debate League.

The Boston Debate League's programming is unique among Boston's after-school and other youth development programs. BDL works with middle and high school students in a way that blends competition and fun with rigorous academic work. While many programs aim to keep teens safe and occupied in the afternoon, debate provides an engaging, educational opportunity that actively cultivates social and academic skills. The BDL presents debate in a variety of ways so as to reach a broad spectrum of students, from those already highly achieving to those who are off-track academically and at risk of dropping out.

Debate has played a key role in my own life. As an African-American male, raised in a single parent home, the statistics for my future were bleak. I attribute a lot of my successes to being a debater in high school. Debate challenged me academically in ways that my public high school did not. Debate taught me how to study and how to research. I learned how to argue a point with supported evidence, presentation skills and how to be a more engaged citizen. I'm a first generation college graduate. It was debate that connected me with a network that encouraged me to apply to college. I figured if I could argue that the United States Government should substantially increase funding to address poverty, then I could also handle History 101.

Debate can play a critical part in a student's life and help them achieve the dream of attending college. I'm asking for your support to make that dream a reality for students of the Boston Public School system. You can donate to this cause by using the DONATE button on the right. Your support will go a long way in helping students to achieve academic success.

What your support means:

- Students who join debate are 46% more likely to graduate high school.

- African-American students are 70% more likely to graduate from high school.

- Debaters see a 25% increase in literacy scores relative to non-debaters.

- 100% of BDL debaters who weren't sure if they were going to go to college now report that they are sure, and that it is debate that made the difference.

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Organization Information

Boston Debate League
31 State St
10th Floor Boston, MA 02109




To measurably improve students’ academic achievement and their expectations of themselves by engaging as many BPS middle and high schools.

EIN: 593789722

Reports: Guidestar

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5th place

in 2012 Team Debate!

1 share = $18+ in donations
(on average)