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Thanks for joining us this summer!  Please return to our website later this fall to see the dates of our 2020 programs.  We expect to have dates posted and camp enrollment for summer 2020 open by approximately October 1st.

1-Week Middle School Public Speaking

SNFI is proud to share our 30 years of speech & debate education expertise with students looking to learn the art of public speaking!  Our Public Speaking Camps are perfect for students looking to learn and practice the critical skills of logical thinking, confidence when speaking in front of others, and the ability to think quickly on your feet in a supportive, noncompetitive environment.

Our Public Speaking Introduction program is designed to be a student's first structured experience with public speaking.  No prior experience is necessary.

We also offer a 2-Week Middle School Public Speaking + Debate Basics which combines our Middle School Public Speaking Introduction and our 1-Week Middle School Debate Basics programs.

Note: we do not accept international students for any of our middle school sessions.


2019 1-Week Middle School Public Speaking Staff Members Include:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Rashid Campbell (Instructor)

Rashid Campbell, Instructor

Rashid was the top speaker at the 2014 National Debate Tournament (the collegiate national championship in policy debate), becoming the first African-American to receive this award. At the same tournament he was also a semifinalist and the first seeded team in preliminary rounds. Throughout the year, Rashid cleared at nearly every national tournament and received his 2nd back to back First Round At Large Bid to the NDT. He was also a Finalist at the Cross Examination Debate Association debate tournament of 2014. In high school, Rashid debated for the Bay Area Urban Debate League at Skyline High School in Oakland, CA.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Alisha Eastep (Instructor)

Alisha Eastep, Instructor

Alisha Eastep is an educator and performer with two decades of public speaking experience in a variety of forums, from the classroom to the podium to the stage. Alisha has been captivated by performance since her first exposure at the age of seven, and knows first-hand the importance of strong adult mentors and educators.

Alisha has competed on the national level both individually and in groups, earning accolades in the speech and debate community, in “The Citizen and the Constitution” Competition, and has had numerous roles in community theater and on the stage. In policy debate, she is a national champion, winning Junior Western Nationals in 2004 and placing second in community college national in 2005. She is a published writer and researcher with 16 years of experience, and has earned faculty recognition for her honors research project on a theater community at UC Berkeley in 2011, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Anthropology.

As an educator, Alisha has been nurturing the minds of children of all ages and developmental abilities for a decade, and listens to each of her pupils to get a sense of their individual needs. As opportunities to educate occur inside and outside of the classroom, Alisha has gained valuable knowledge teaching educational curriculum, empowering social and living skills, and workplace training. During the year, Alisha teaches debate at Head-Royce School, where the team earned 9th place in the Tournament of Champions, and does research in East Asian Archaeology and on Foodways in the Pacific Rim. She is ready to put these skills to work creating engaged and thought-provoking activities that foster growth and improve young minds at SNFI.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - jon sharp (Instructor)

jon sharp, Instructor

jon sharp has been a debate coach for longer than you have been alive and has taught at SNFI since 1996. He has coached for Emory, New Trier, West Georgia, the University of Southern California, and the University of Kentucky. He is currently the Director of Debate at the Georgetown Day School. As a college coach, jon has coached teams to the late elimination rounds of every major tournament in the country, including multiple CEDA National championships. As a newly minted high school coach, his teams have won Greenhill, the Greenhill Round Robin, and the Ohio Valley at the University of Kentucky. He has taught at more than 40 debate labs at the Bates, Berkeley, Emory, Kentucky, and Stanford debate institutes, including directing the Kentucky Fellows Program, the Berkeley Mentors, and the Stanford Swing Lab. His former lab students have won every national tournament on the schedule, including the TOC, and include multiple former TOC top speakers.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Orion Steele (Instructor)

Orion Steele, Instructor

Orion is an attorney, college professor and debate coach.  Orion is currently the Director of Forensics (Debate) at the University of San Francisco.  In 2012, Orion began teaching college Public Speaking courses at San Francisco State University and now regularly teaches public speaking at every major college in San Francisco.  In addition, Orion taught several sections of High School public speaking while coaching debate at St. Vincent de Paul High School, and has taught at workshops for the Bay Area Urban Debate League. 

In 2015, Orion began assisting the debate team at University of San Francisco and became the Director of Forensics at the University of San Francisco in January 2016.  Orion is currently a member of the TriForce Debate Cooperative, sharing coaching resources between SFSU, CCSF and USF.  In the Fall of 2013, Orion became the varsity travel team coach for the Bay Area Urban Debate League and asssumed assistant coaching duties at San Francisco State University.   In the Fall of 2011, Orion became an argumentation coach at St. Vincent de Paul High School and qualified a team to the Tournament of Champions for the first time.  Orion was an assistant debate coach and graduate student for California State University at Fullerton from 2009-2011.  Orion worked as an assistant debate coach at the University of Redlands and at San Francisco State University while in Law School from 2005-2008. 

While in law school at UC Hastings, Orion participated as a member (and coach) of the moot court team, winning awards for his rebuttal speeches in Maritime Law.  In college, Orion participated in policy debate at the University of Redlands for 4 years, finishing as a quarter-finalist at the 2004 NDT and as a quarter-finalist and the 16th individual speaker at the 2005 NDT.  Orion participated in policy debate for 3 years at Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska, and attended the Tournament of Champions.


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 1-Week Middle School Public Speaking Staff Members Included:



Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Aug 4th - Aug 10th 7th-8th Stanford University $1,495.00 – $2,150.00
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Aug 11th - Aug 17th 7th-8th Stanford University $1,495.00 – $2,150.00
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