Since its inception in 2009, TDC has focused on providing opportunities to students from disadvantaged schools to get the same access to high quality instruction as their peers. TDC’s summer institute provides partial and full ride scholarships on a needs basis.
How We Help Students
In 2015, TDC gave away 43 scholarships for a total of $64,500.
While providing reduced or free access to the summer institute, TDC manages to maintain the highest quality of instruction. At camp, our students are offered an unparalleled opportunity to receive advanced instruction in philosophy, as well as in the art of written and oral forms of persuasive argumentation. The staff consists some of the best coaches and former debaters of the highest-levels of competition who forego large salaries in favor of donating their time at TDC. For more information, click here
How We Help Teachers
TDC hosts the Teacher’s Institutes, which marks both the first major expansion of our camp and the advancement of our mission to close the achievement gap. Free of charge, full-time high school teachers attend our teachers’ camp, a program designed to improve the ability of teachers to instruct students in the philosophies and argumentative skills needed to compete at the most rigorous levels of high school debate. TDC believes that by training teachers of disadvantaged students, we can have an even greater impact in the community. For more information, click here.
Where We Go From Here
While we’re very proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, we think we can do more with your help. We have world-class instruction at our summer institutes, but we can reach more students and more teachers. And we can make sure that those students and teachers have our support for the entire year. In the coming years, TDC intends to begin providing year-round support to students and teachers. We want to use our resources to enable underprivileged students to overcome the educational and economic barriers – like lodging, food, entry fee and clothing costs – that stand in the way of deserving children reaping the rich rewards of the debate community.
But we can’t do it without your help. To tackle these changes we need support in the form of monetary and physical donations and scholarships.
We have some lofty goals, but we think students are worth it. Financial constraints should never be a barrier to entry in an activity that offers so many benefits to students (and coaches!) willing to learn.