Our Story

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Founding Team is created with the hopes of impacting students at under-funded public schools that surround Columbia University

Spring 2009
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Founding team develops a curriculum to share the benefits of debate and public speaking

Summer 2009
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YFD is born in NYC as a Columbia University sponsored organization

Fall 2009
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YFD is deployed at NYC schools for the first time

Spring 2010
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YFD doubles in size and reaches over 1,000 students in one year

Fall 2010
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YFD is incorporated in the State of New York

Spring 2011
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YFD holds its first inter-school debate tournament at Columbia University

Spring 2012
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With the help of our partnership schools and sponsors, YFD at Columbia University continues to grow, expanding its reach to as many schools and students in NYC as possible.

Today