Stanford Invitational Tournament

It's not too late to join us for summer 2019 - sessions begin July 28th, August 4th & August 11th!

View our 2019 programs schedule.  Not sure which program to choose?  Review our "How to pick the right program" guide.

2-Week Middle School Public Speaking + Debate Basics Experience

Our 2-Week Middle School Public Speaking + Debate Basics Experience is designed to be a student's first structured experience with public speaking, debate and formal argumentation - no prior experience is necessary.  Speech & debate is a very powerful activity which teaches students many skills which are in high demand in the contemporary world: public speaking, research skills, writing and logical thinking!

This program starts from the ground up with our 1-Week Middle School Public Speaking Introduction session, which is designed to be a student's first structured experience with public speaking.  In the second week, students continue into our 1-Week Middle School Basics session to learn the bedrock theories and methods necessary to enter the world of competitive speech & debate.


2019 2-Week Middle School Public Speaking + Debate Basics Experience Staff Members Include:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - DaCobi Anderson (Instructor)

DaCobi Anderson, Instructor

DaCobi is currently a debater for Chabot College in Hayward California. DaCobi competed for 3 years in high school policy debate and currently competes in several formats of collegiate debate including policy, parlimamentary and Lincoln-Douglas. 


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Jurrien Le (Instructor)

Jurrien Le, Instructor

Jurrien is currently studying environmental science in college, where he competed in debate and model UN. In high school, he competed in Congress, Parliamentary Debate, and Extemp during his four years, reaching outrounds at multiple tournaments on the local and national circuit, such as ASU, Berkeley, Emory, and Stanford. Jurrien also put his debate experiences to use as a member of his mock trial team in high school, and as a volunteer with multiple congressional campaigns. He currently serves as an assistant debate coach at Leland High School, and also as a hired debate judge. This is his third summer with SNFI.


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.


2018 2-Week Middle School Public Speaking + Debate Basics Experience Staff Members Included:



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Aug 4th - Aug 17th 7th-8th Stanford University $2,850.00 – $3,695.00
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