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Mayor’s Challenge 2017 – SAVE THE DATE

The Great Trade Debate

Presented by: The Minnesota Urban Debate League, Civic Eagle, and Twin Cities Public Television

Join us for a networking breakfast on Thursday June 8, 2017 at the Twin Cities Public Television studio from 7:30am – 9am. Hosted by David Gillette, with a VIP panel of judges featuring Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy.

This year’s topic: Should America reduce its openness to global free trade? Debaters from both sides of The River, will argue both sides of the issue.

Tickets & Sponsorships Opportunities available: Contact Amy Cram Helwich, Executive Director – 612-359-6467 |

Details can be found here: Sponsorship Form (pdf)

Register as a sponsor or to purchase individual tickets

With thanks to our sponsors:


Presenting Sponsor:


Arthur N. Rupe Foundation: Creative Solutions for Societal Issues
Arthur N. Rupe Foundation

Changemaker Sponsor:


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Cargill Foundation

Leadership Sponsors:


Deluxe Logo UnitedHealth Group Logo Faegre Baker Daniels logo
Deluxe Foundation UnitedHealth Group Faegre Baker Daniels
U of M Communication Studies Department logo Dorsey logo Gustafson Gluek PLLC logo
University of Minnesota Communications Dorsey & Whitney LLP Gustafson Gluek PLLC
Meg Luger-Nikolai & Pete Nikolai Linnea Solem Dean & Jennifer Eyler


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Twin Cities Public Television Civic Eagle

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Schedule your gift for the annual Minnesota Day of Giving.

Thanks to sponsors of the Great Surveillance Debate in 2016

Thank you to all of our sponsors at the 2016 Mayor’s Challenge debate!

Through your collective contributions we raised $26,000 that will keep young people debating, learning, and ensuring their voices are heard.

Click our sponsors’ logos below to learn more about their work:


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Join us for the 2016 Mayor’s Challenge Event, hosted by TPT MN at their Saint Paul location, in partnership with Civic Eagle.

Your phone could be the world’s first unbreakable lock; should the government have a master key? Join us, as our debaters present the 2015-2016 NSDA topic – Resolved: The United Stated Federal Government should dramatically curtail it’s domestic surveillance.  

Students from Minneapolis – Hodan Osman (Edison High School) and Malik Akintola (Roosevelt High School) will debate against students from Saint Paul – Ella Harker (Como High School) and Carlos Alderete (Johnson High School) about whether or not the FBI should have tried to compel Apple to open a backdoor into its phone.

We’re proud to announce that Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman will lead the Judges Panel as they weigh in on the day’s decision.

Joining the VIP panel: James Burroughs – Minnesota Chief Inclusion Officer, Margaret Anderson Kelliher – President & CEO of the Minnesota High Tech Association and Professor Mark Kappelhoff – Associate Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Our special partnership with Civic Eagle – a new app focused on connecting civic engagement with social life, and TPT allows us to give one of our favorite events a fresh new approach. But don’t worry, the best part is still front and center –our amazing students.

If you want to become a sponsor for this event please email our Executive Director Amy Cram Helwich at: or call 612-359-6467. Individual tickets are also available.


And/or send all RSVPs to our Administrative Assistant Genesia Williams at: or call 612-330-1730.