PFYD is a Student Activities Council recognized and funded group at the University of Pennsylvania. PFYD’s mission is four-fold:

  1. To provide volunteer debate coaches (Penn & Drexel student volunteers) to local Philadelphia high schools and middle schools,
  2. To run debate tournaments for students (including the Liberty Bell Classic, Penn for Youth Debate Fall Tournament, and Voices of Philadelphia Tournament)
  3. To promote activities among Penn students that support youth debate in the Philadelphia area
  4. To encourage former debaters to give back to the activity from which they have gained so much.

To date, PFYD has worked with over twenty schools and hosted over ten tournaments for Philadelphia students. PFYD provides these services to schools free of charge. Volunteering with PFYD is also free, as we provide SEPTA tokens and educational materials.