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.

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 - 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.


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 18th 7th-8th Stanford University $1,495.00 – $2,150.00
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