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Who We Are

We connect, support, and inspire a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate.

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What We Do

As the national authority on public speaking and debate, the National Speech & Debate Association provides the infrastructure for speech and debate competitions around the world. We create a platform for youth voices to be heard and celebrated, which culminates with an annual National Tournament, the pinnacle of public speaking.

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Our Impact

Speech and debate changes lives. NSDA membership builds confidence, boosts classroom performance, improves communication, and increases critical thinking skills to prepare students for college. Our activity provides life skills vital to a young person’s success in the future.

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Student enrollment at top schools - 1% national enrollment 7% NSDA enrollment for top 10 college, 2% national enrollment - 15% NSDA enrollment for top 25 college, 6% national enrollment - 23% NSDA enrollment in top 50 college.







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Speech and debate saved my life. It showed me a version of myself I hadn’t known before. I became part of a community. It gave me a purpose, a passion, a future, a reason to live.

Jade Ismail

2023 NSDA Student of the Year, Comeaux High School, Lafayette, LA

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Events & Current Topics

Interested in what our students are currently talking and debating about? See our list of current topics or learn more about competitive events.


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