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Virtual – Gallaudet Youth Debate Bowl for Middle and High School Students with Hearing Loss


Friday, November 17, 2023    
All Day

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Submit your video to the youth debate program for middle school and high students who are deaf and hard of hearing!

Do you love debating? Take a side and submit your three- to five-minute video speech to the Youth Debate Bowl!

Gallaudet University’s Youth Debate Bowl is a collaboration of their Youth Programs and the Center for Democracy in Deaf America. The Youth Debate Bowl is accepting video submissions through Nov. 17.

Create a video using stories, logic and evidence to convince the audience about your argument.

The bowl is open to middle and high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing. You can participate regardless of your signing ability. (If speaking, please caption your video or provide a transcript).

Present your argument using either the affirmative (agreeing) or the negative (disagreeing) point of view using the topic for your age group:

  • Middle schoolers will argue whether or not the United States should ban TikTok.
  • High schoolers will argue whether or not voting should be mandatory.

You can post submissions via a YouTube link that’s included in the online registration form. Please make sure judges can review your submission by setting your video to unlisted or public.

Students making it to the final stage will win a free trip to Washington D.C. in March.

To learn more, visit Gallaudet’s website for:

Register online for the Youth Debate Bowl. You must submit your entry by midnight on Nov. 17.

If you have questions or would like help with your submission, please contact