Voices Foundation

for the Promotion
of High School Debate

I hope that this organization will have the capability to sponsor and support the individuals who truly wish, but are economically powerless, to maximize their participation in debate.

— John McKay, Founder

We help by initiating educational programs and outreach efforts to high schools and middle schools trying to start teams.

Voices Foundation provides financially deprived students with scholarships for summer camp, tournaments, travel, and coaching.

Recent Activity:

2017 Voices Scholarships for Summer Speech and Debate Camps.

NB 31 May 2017: We are no longer able to accept applications for summer camp scholarships since our resources are completely committed at this time.

The Foundation is now accepting applications from high school students for need-based financial assistance to attend 1- or 2-week summer camps in speech and debate.  Online application is here (click for link). Early application is encouraged; applications submitted after May 15, 2017 will only be considered if uncommitted funds remain available.  Earliest date for award notification is March 1. Past awards of financial assistance have generally been in the range $200-600. Applicants and their parents/guardians are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of all information submitted on the application.  Click here for further information.
Additionally, the Foundation will consider requests from full-time high school teachers for assistance to attend coaches' institutes; please direct inquiries to the Foundation at admin@voicesfoundation.org).

2016 Voices LD Tournament, Round Robin and Educational Forum

The 5th annual Voices Foundation tournament and round robin in Lincoln Douglas debate was held October 7-10, 2016, at Presentation High School, San Jose.  The tournament was directed by Shawn Matson and Brandon Garrett; the Foundation owes them both a debt of gratitude.  Approximately 170 varsity and novice debaters participated. Eighteen debaters additionally participated in the Round Robin.

Voices Tournament 2016Harker’s Srivatsav Pyda and PCDS’s Parker Whitfill were the varsity finalists; in finals, Srivatsav defeated Parker on a 2-1 decision (Wheeler, Bistagne, Walton*). Additionally, Srivatsav was top speaker.

Voices RR 2016Mission San Jose’s Lavanya Singh and Peninsula’s Jonas Le Barillec  were co-champions of the Round Robin. In semi-finals, Lavanya defeated La Canada’s Alex Zhao and Jonas defeated Lynbrook’s Varun Venkatesh. Full results can be found on tabroom.com.

2015 Voices LD Tournament, Round Robin and Educational Forum

The 4th annual Voices Foundation tournament and round robin in Lincoln Douglas debate was held October 9-12, 2015, at Presentation High School, San Jose.  The tournament was directed by Brandon Garrett and Todd Newkirk; the Foundation owes them both a debt of gratitude.  The tournament and round robin were split between Crossroads’ Noah Simon and La Canada’s Alex Zhao; Noah won the round robin in a 2-1 decision, while Alex won the tournament, also in a 2-1 decision.  Approximately 100 varsity and 50 novice debaters participated in the meet.  Full results can be found on tabroom.com.

2015 Voices Scholarships for Summer Speech and Debate Camps--a Postscript.

The final tally from our summer speech & debate camp scholarship program: we supported 56 students attending 18 different programs this past summer, substantially more than in any previous year. 

Debaters--Band Together! Voices Foundation Debate Wristbands Available

For a limited time (like, until we run out), the Voices Foundation is making its signature wristband (displayed on our facebook page) freely available to debate teams (students and coaches).  The wristband has been a symbol of the student-initiated, student-driven Foundation and its commitment to make high school debate inclusive for all who desire to participate.  Wear them at meets to show solidarity with the goals of the Foundation!  To order wristbands for your team, or to distribute at a sponsored meet, send requests to admin@voicesfoundation.org with (a) number needed (one per person) and (b) shipping address.  (And, if you can convince an adult to make a modest tax-deductible donation, which will be matched, to assist with shipping costs, that would be great).

 

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The Founder:
John McKay

The mission of the Voices Foundation is to make high school debate accessible to all students regardless of financial circumstance. The Foundation strives to address shortfalls of resources and support that impede participation by financially disadvantaged individuals and teams.

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