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During Tuesday night’s school board meeting, a group of donors and community organizations announced efforts to bring back the Youngstown Speech and Debate Team.
ACTION presented a check for $10,000 to The Youngstown Foundation to create the Youngstown City School District Speech and Debate Fund.
School leaders said there hasn’t been a competitive speech and debate team in the district since 2006.
So ACTION’s Education Core Team, along with local Attorney Alan Kretzer, saw a need to resurrect the program.
“To be able to learn how to competitively get up and express themselves, and to talk to people, and to be effective at it, is a tremendous asset no matter what career you may want to follow, or no matter what you want to do,” said Kretzer.
School officials said the initial $10,000 gift will help hire a coach and pay for travel expenses for the speech and debate team.
Kretzer said he and ACTION will try to raise more money for the fund in the future.