The award-winning and highly acclaimed YOUNG DEBATERS PROGRAM, allows individuals to become more proficient in public speaking, evidence-based research, reading, and persuasive writing skills, and promotes reasoning as well as communication skills. Implementation of the Young Debaters Program provides an avenue for individuals to grow academically and socially. In addition, the lessons presented and the skills developed mirror the foundation of critical thinking, debate and advocacy as taught in law school. The program curriculum is broken up into three core areas with lessons, exercises and opportunities to debate present under each.


Includes skills such as issue spotting, logical thinking and problem solving.

Includes skills such as close-case reading and note-taking.

Includes skills such as persuasive advocacy, counterargument development and oral argument development.

Unlike many other public speaking and debate programs, the YOUNG DEBATERS PROGRAM has been created by a licensed and practicing attorney with extensive experience preparing and delivering legal arguments and presentations. In addition, the developer of the program has over 10 years-experience as an educator and curriculum development, teaching students of every grade from elementary school through college as well as adults.


Richard Anthony Celestin was born and raised in Jamaica, Queens, where his entire academic journey took place including his graduating from CUNY School of Law. Prior to entering law school, and since becoming an attorney, he has directed his work towards underrepresented and at-risk youth via the not-for-profit sector and with alternative-to-detention programs in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. He offers his knowledge and insight into the juvenile and criminal justice areas by participating in panel discussions and conducting workshops throughout New York City. In addition, Richard created a limited liability corporation, Richard Celestin Consulting Group, LLC, over 13 years ago for the purposes of developing and providing legal skill development, self-awareness, youth empowerment, and consequential thinking programs to elementary, middle and high school students and parents in the five boroughs and Long Island.

Richard also serves as a consultant for various organizations seeking to develop youth-based programs within the community, practices various areas of the law, and is an adjunct professor at two CUNY colleges, teaching public speaking, critical thinking, criminal justice and professional development. He is the self-published author of “The Hard Facts About Soft Skills“,  “Evolving into Manhood- How to Think, Act and Grow into a Successful Man” and “Embracing Adversity- Finding Power and Strength in Life’s Most Challenging Times” as well as a contributing author in “Our Stories, Our Voices: Black Men Speak Their Truth.”


Speaking highlights and recognitions include, but are not limited to:

Over 75 Keynote Graduation speeches delivered to graduates ranging from elementary school to law school
Hundreds of workshops and speaking engagements to audiences ranging from students to working professionals
Over 13 years experience working as a Vendor with the Department of Education, servicing over 70 schools throughout New York City and Long Island
Current and previous partners include, but are not limited to, the Queens Public Library, The Child Center of New York, The Fortune Society, Osborne Association, YMCA, Rochdale Village Community Center, and various CUNY Colleges
Recipient of the Queens Borough Presidents Citation for the Young Debaters Program and the Brooklyn Borough Presidents Citation for Youth Advocacy

The Hard Facts about Soft Skills

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Despite its name, soft skills are increasingly becoming the hard skills of today’s professional world.

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Evolving into Manhood

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What is a real man? What are the characteristics of a real man?

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Adversity is an essential and unavoidable part of life.

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