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Debate Mate

Debate Mate

Urban Unlimited's flagship programme - provides debating training in areas of high child poverty within London to equip young people in essential life skills, including academic attainment, progression to higher education and self-esteem. Debating has a positive impact on young people's academic achievements and improves their aspirations and life chances.

The Wessex Youth Trust's donations have enabled them to deliver five debating clubs in deprived schools in Greater London, attended by about 125 young people.

It is clear that Debate Mate produces tangible results. As one participant, Lewis Iwu from Newham said:

"I would not be where I am today if debate has not come to my school - it turned my life around."
Lewis is current World Debating Champion and President of Oxford Student Union

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