"I want people to work through our program and find ways to express themselves persuasively and ethically. I think it would be wonderful if others saw what we are doing and found ways to bring their passions to the incarcerated communities too."
Luke has circumnavigated the globe.
Luke Yeates is a Communication major with an emphasis in Media Studies and Journalism. He’s also earning a minor in History and certification in Cinema and Digital Media studies. In addition to his demanding schedule as a student, Luke is kept busy also serving as the president of the Boise State Speech and Debate team and Debate Society, founder of the Prison Debate Society, and the Vice President of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honorarium.
His project was born out of personal experience and passion for debate. Luke says debate found him at a difficult time in life and hopes to share its transformative power with others—particularly with Idaho inmates.
Luke dedicates two hours every week holding sessions the Idaho State Correctional Center. During these sessions, Luke brings his knowledge and passion for debate to discuss with inmates theory and framework of debate in addition to current events. He sees the value in offering inmates the opportunity to engage in healthy and thoughtful discussion. After twelve weeks of these sessions, the prison holds a public debate where participants can invite their friends and families. Luke says the goal of the project is to provide inmates with the knowledge to self advocate for their betterment.