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We need your help!

FREE!

Join our Community Evaluator Program

Volunteer to be a community evaluator at a local speech and debate tournament.

Between November 1 and March 15 each school year, local tournaments are seeking members of the community to evaluate student competitors.
  • Evaluation training is available.
  • Shifts are flexible, usually 2 hours each, and you can evaluate as little or as much as you would like.
  • You'll provide valuable support to local high school students as they pursue skills necessary for their future success.

Contribute

Make a tax-deductible donation to True Voice Foundation.

Your donation supports a wide-range of programs that support speech and debate throughout Washington State:
  • Community Evaluator Program
  • Evergreen Championship Series
  • Evergreen Speech and Debate Association
  • Evergreens & Gavels Coach Training Conference
  • New Program Support
  • Puget Sound Speech and Debate Institute
  • Tournament Management Services

Contact

Call your local high school to ask if they support a speech and debate program.

We recommend:

  • Ask to speak to the administrator responsible for extra-curricular programs.
  • Explain that you live in the area and would like to see a speech and debate program at their high school.
  • If they offer a reason as to why they have no program, please let us know at (425) 243-7474 - we will contact the administrator to discuss their particular situation.
  • If they would like additional information on how to proceed, please refer them to us at (425) 243-7474 or info@truevoicefoundation.org.
  • Always be polite and respectful.

Most administrators are grateful to hear from the community and should at least be willing to entertain the idea of starting a program.

a little about..

True Voice Foundation

Founded in 2016, our mission is to establish a healthy, thriving and successful speech and debate program in every secondary school in Washington.

Speech and Debate

More than an extra-curricular activity - an activity for life.
  • Speech and debate are not just a stylistic skill. I so whole-heartedly believe that kids, by the time they graduate, need to be able to get up in front of a group and say something meaningful. That translates into all courses and all manners of life.
  • I've led a school whose faculty and students examine and discuss and debate every aspect of our law and legal system. And what I've learned most is that no one has a monopoly on truth or wisdom. I've learned that we make progress by listening to each other, across every apparent political or ideological divide.
    Elena KaganElena KaganSupreme Court Justice
  • I love argument. I love debate. I don't expect anyone just sit there and agree with me, that's not their job.
    Margaret ThatcherMargaret ThatcherUnited Kingdom Prime Minister
  • Freedom is hammered out on the anvil of discussion, dissent, and debate.