Upper Marlboro Non-Profit Creating Great Debaters

"Parents are the first teachers and GenEd wants them to be the best teacher." says Riche.

“At first, it was only supposed to be SAT Prep [courses],” says Innovative Study Techniques owner and GenEd Founder, Riche Holmes Grant, ESQ of the non-profit’s eventual formation.

Then, she said the parents started asking for more.

After many informal yet interesting conversations with waiting parents in the lobby of Innovative Study Techniques (IST), Riche decided to form Generation Ed (GenEd) to educate parents to become their child’s best teacher. GenEd is a non-profit parent empowerment program devoted to helping parents find ways to become involved in their child’s education as well as listen to their needs. In fact, GenEd created the Debate Club after listening to parents.

“A couple of parents said they wanted to send their kids to a debate camp in Baltimore. But,” Riche says “parents suggested IST should do it. And I said IST could do it, but let’s do it through GenEd.”

The advantage of joining GenEd’s Debate Club is that it requires no fees and any student in the 4th thru 12th grades can apply to join. Here, students will learn to think critically, reason and develop structured arguments; skills that are not only useful in when it comes to educational testing, but are also useful in life.

As a former high school moot court coach, Riche found awe in watching high school students successfully doing the things she was learning to do in law school. She envisions the same for students involved in GenEd’s Debate Club.

Riche is very excited about starting the club. Although based in Prince Georges County, they’re accepting applicants from all over the area.

Additionally, Riche is glad to offer something of pride to the gorgeous Prince Georges County. To start off, the 20 selected students will be an introduced to debate over the summer. Then, during the coming school year, they will focus on components of debate and building on those, eventually reaching a point where they will compete with area clubs. Debate topics will be relevant to the students’ age level and also concentrate on global topics.

At the start of the 2011 school year, GenEd will kick off their “Smart Starts at Home” campaign. Riche will work directly work with parents to help them build an effective teaching environment at home.

“Parents are the first teachers and GenEd wants them to be the best teacher.” says Riche.

For more information on GenEd and their Debate Club, please see visit the IST website: http://www.innovativetestprep.com/

**Also, the Debate Club is looking for Volunteers! Please contact GenEd for more information.