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The 5th Annual Great Youth Debate Inspired from the Movie "The Great Debaters"


The Great Youth Debate is a program that is designed to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills all while strengthening youth leadership, confidence in public speaking, and increasing awareness of social issues.

Cincinnati, OH (PRWEB) October 25, 2012

Cincinnati Human Relations Commission is hosting their 5th annual Great Youth Debate that will be on Saturday November 10th from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located in City Hall. This year's theme is “The state of our economy in Ohio.” Each team will debate on issues that are related to topics such as education, healthcare and employment. The winning teams (1st - 3rd place) will receive a cash prize and each student who participates will receive a trophy.

The Great Youth Debate is inspired by the movie “The Great Debaters” starring Denzel Washington. This movie is based on a true story of a headstrong debate coach who formed the students of a small East Texas college into a debate team that gave even Harvard's intelligent minds a run for their money.

Jaime Bryant, CHRC's Youth Services Coordinator comments, “The Great Youth Debate is an excellent platform for high school students to learn positive youth development skills. This plan of execution includes research, team-building skills, and debate skills in the format of competitive team debates using a project-based learning approach.”

This years judges will include, Councilman Cecil Thomas, Board Member, Donny Young (The GreenDay Group); James Cullen (Director of ETS at Cincinnati Youth Collaborative), Amanda Gray (African American Chamber of Commerce) and Judge Fanon Rucker (Hamilton County Municipal Court Judge). The moderator is Michael Griffin (President/ CEO of DVS Services).

The schools and organizations participating this year include, Archbishop Moeller High School, Cincinnati Job Corps Academy, Exclusive Services, LLC, Summit Country Day School, Walnut Hills High School, Withrow High School and Woodward Career Technical High School

The Great Youth Debate is a free event and open to the public. For more information check out or call Jaime Bryant at 513-352-3237.

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