Words Are Powerful Campaign
SASKATCHEWAN ELOCUTION AND DEBATE ASSOCIATION
Support Our ‘Words Are Powerful’ Campaign
As we celebrate our 45th Anniversary we invite you to join our ‘Words Are Powerful’ Campaign and donate to support transformational experiences for students.
In SEDA’s Debate and Speech programs, students learn not only to debate and give speeches, but also build important academic and social skills, including critical thinking, civility, empathy, and confidence. The whole process encourages students and their audience to be both firm and flexible in their ideas, to engage with interesting and often controversial topics, to communicate clearly, and to think and analyze quickly and critically. Debate and speech help students become citizens in the real sense of the word: informed, active, participating, a force to be harnessed for the betterment of all.
This is an invitation for you to do two things:
1) Make a one-time donation or a monthly donation commitment
2) Invite family, friends, and others in your networks to make a donation
In doing so, you help sustain SEDA and ensure that its superlative programs continue to meet the needs of our young people and help develop fully engaged citizens of the future.
From Cicero to Churchill, history’s great debaters have helped shape the world we live in and resolve many of society’s issues. As Nelson Mandela put it: “A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.”
Make your donation today and invite others to do the same and you will bring the many benefits of debate and speech to the young people of Saskatchewan.
According to the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues compendium of research (NAUDL 2010). Studies of students in Chicago, Kansas City, St. Louis, Seattle and New York (2004) concluded, "Academic debate improves performance at statistically significant levels on reading test scores, diminishes high-risk behaviours, and improves academic success and student attitudes towards higher education."
Create more transformational experiences for students - support the Words Are Powerful Campaign with your donation and invite others today.