Civic engagement is a key responsibility as American citizens
yet only 27% of Americans ages 18-29 cast a ballot in 2022 and
only 2 in 5 U.S. adults can name the three branches of government.
The mission of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative is to create access and opportunities for all students to have the best civics education including curriculum, debate programs, and high-quality teachers that are catalysts for students becoming great citizens who can preserve our constitutional republic for future generations.
Since its inception in 2019, FCDI has seen exponential growth throughout the state, quickly expanding from 59 schools in 2020-2021 to nearly 400 in 2022-2023.
Teachers interested in becoming a debate coach can learn more about FCDI at the webinar on April 19, 2023 at 4 pm or apply now at the button below!
Debate supports academic learning.
Debate draws out hidden
talents in students.
Debate enriches civics
knowledge and civic dispositions.
Debate fosters civil discourse.
“My personal success was seeing some of my shy students in the beginning shine as they got more confidence.”
FCDI VETERAN COACH ARCHIE BARRON