Resources for Speech & Debate Students
The Initiative supports students through speech and debate teams at our partner schools. Our goal is to have competitive speech and debate teams at all of our regional public middle and high schools by 2025.
If you are part of a current team, we are here to support you! If you are not part of a current team but are interested in starting a team and would like some help, let us know. We would love to help you find a teacher sponsor and provide information about our resources and regional network.
Speech & Debate Camps
Summer camps are the ideal way for new students to learn about speech and debate and for experienced speech & debate students to hone their skills even further. There are many summer camps to choose from. Each year the Initiative partners with our local Richmond Debate Institute camp to offer an affordable camp option for students.
“I have personally benefited from debate by gaining the skills of public speaking and critical thinking. It has also leveraged professional connections and good friendships. Academically, I’m able to process information and concepts more quickly with a wider perspective than before debate.”Elise Massey ’23, Manchester High School
Speech & Debate Initiative Manager
Director of Student Programs
110 South 15th Street, Suite B, Richmond, VA 23219