Civic Connections: Urban Debate and Democracy in Action during Out-of-School Time

October 1st, 2006 | RESEARCH

This paper examines the approach of urban debate leagues, and specifically the New York Urban Debate League, to democracy skill building and civic engagement. In the face of concerns about lack of civic engagement and knowledge among young people, such out-of-school-time programs can often reach youth bypassed by traditional sources of civic and democracy development, providing a vision of what “democracy in action” for underserved youth might look like. Such democracy skill-building experience can empower youth to become engaged learners and participating citizens.


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Georgia Hall, Author, Wellesley College


Publication: Afterschool Matters
Volume: Occasional Paper #7
Page(s): 21

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Museum | ISE Professionals | Youth | Teen (up to 17)
Discipline: Education and learning science | History | policy | law
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Afterschool Programs | Public Programs