Frequently Asked Questions
who benefits from hdcdp?
This program is designed to give a voice to African-American high school students who aspire to be world leaders and social entrepreneurs. The program is ideal for high achieving students who desire to be challenged beyond standard high school curricula and seek to make a difference in the world by enacting social and political change.
What is the time commitment of the program?
This program should be treated as an extra-curricular activity. The academic aspect of the program requires students to attend sessions two Saturdays a month beginning in January and ending in June. Perfect attendance is not mandatory but is highly encouraged for students to gain optimal benefit from the program.
What do the academic sessions consist of?
Academic sessions are rigorous and interactive. Students will receive enhanced academic training in disciplines centered on critical thinking, research, and debate. Students will attend lectures from Harvard Debate Council instructors in which they will be highly trained in public speaking & argumentation and will debate critical social & political issues. Other activities include opportunities where students may practice their debate skills in public arenas such as the Georgia Capitol, Atlanta City Hall, law firms, courtrooms, etc.
Does the program cost?
The HDCDP has a tuition that is made affordable for all students that are accepted into the program. Financial aid is provided to all students that demonstrate need.
Is this program for students that only want to attend Harvard University for college?
No. This program is designed for students seeking to gain a competitive-edge for any undergraduate program that they might pursue. Top-tiered colleges & universities are looking for students that not only have excellent grades but also exhibit leadership acumen. This program provides students with an enhanced resume and the leadership experience that colleges are looking for.
Does this program guarantee acceptance into Harvard University?
No. While this program will enhance a student's college application, it does not guarantee acceptance into Harvard. The program does, however, guarantee acceptance into the Harvard Debate Council's summer residential program, not the university's undergraduate program.
Is each student required to study at Harvard during the summer?
Yes. This program is for students that would like an opportunity to study at the Harvard Debate Council's summer residential program.
How long does the summer residential program at Harvard last?
Students will live on campus and study at the Harvard Debate Council for either 2 weeks or 1 month in July. For more information about the summer program.
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