Mission Statement

The purpose of the Newark Debate Academy (NDA) is to provide the academic debate experience to urban students in the Greater-Newark Area. NDA provides a thorough and efficient program of debater and coach education as well as encouraging classroom teachers of all disciplines to utilize debate as an effective instructional tool. We believe debate to be a transformative experience that empowers students to become thoughtful, productive and responsible citizens in a diverse and democratic society.


Our community of debaters will utilize their communication skills to become leaders who transform discord into discourse.