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Debating students inspire Deutsche employees

January 2012 │ UK

Debate Mate is one of Deutsche's newest community partners and one of our most unique. Working with young people aged 9-15 year olds in some of the most challenging inner-city schools, their programme inspires and motivates students to think critically, communicate effectively and respect different points of view.

The Debate Mate model uses university debaters from some of the top UK universities as mentors: they are dynamic, highly motivated and experienced at working with young people. Their support helps to instill confidence in the young people as well as increasing their aspirations to think beyond school life.

With our financial and employee volunteer support, Debate Mate are able to run their national competition which all participating young people aspire to win. Teams from over 130 schools train throughout the year in their clubs and with their mentors, practising frequently at "friendly" competitions, competing in official regional rounds and ultimating hoping to win the Deutsche Bank Cup at the national final in London.

Dimitria from Sydenham School

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