Our Programs

The Bella Abzug Leadership Institute trains girls and young women 13-21 years old in leadership and debate skills offering in-school and after-school programs, intensive summer programs, and one day debate training programs throughout the year.

How To Apply
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1. In- school and after-school Programs

This is an academic year-long leadership program, offering customized leadership and debate workshops to the students attending specific underserved NYC Middle Schools or High Schools located throughout New York City, based on their students’ and community needs.

2. Summer Programs

Our Leadership and Debate Training Summer Programs are offered to students 13-21 years old, attending schools in the NYC Metropolitan Area. We offer two two-week cohorts of intensive leadership and debate training, customized based on the most important issues concerning our young women NOW! Our summer programs are held at Hunter College, main campus.

3. Millie King Entrepreneurship Program

The Millie King Entrepreneurship Summer Program is an intensive 3-day program offering training on how to become a social entrepreneur and how to start and lead a not for profit organization in today’s markets. It is a program offered to entering High School Seniors and College Students.  

4. One Day Debate Tournaments

BALI offers One Day Seminar and Citywide Debate Competitions to Middle School and High School students of NYC, in partnership with the NYC Urban