Summer Institute


Live Summer Camp

Dates: July 10-14 & 17-21 (9-3pm)
Cost: $1,695
Format: Intro to Debate (all levels), Parli (5th-8th), and Public Forum (5th-12th graders)
Location: Hunter College Campus (68th and Lexington)

Online Summer Camp

Dates: July 3, 5-7 & 10-14 (9-12:30pm)
Cost: $695
Format: Intro to Debate (all levels), Parli (5th-8th), and Public Forum (5th-12th graders)

*All proceeds from Debate Club goes toward our debate programs in Title 1 schools across the city. We hire Debate Club staff based on registration numbers. For these reasons, we cannot offer refunds once tuition has been paid. Thank you for your understanding, and your contribution to our mission!

Who is Summer Debate Institute for?

At the NYCUDL, one of our greatest strengths is our commitment to serving all types of  students and learners.  We believe in the potential of every child. From the struggling student to the academically gifted, from the extrovert to the introvert,  we strive to meet all of our students where they are and challenge them to get to the next level. For our remote session, we will gladly accept students from all over the globe (all times are Eastern Standard Time)!

Scholarship Policy

Scholarships are available to students who qualify and participate in our league through their school. Any student may participate in our program, but only students who attend our league schools are eligible for scholarships.


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  • Live Session: Dates: July 10-14 & 17-21 (9-3pm) // Cost: $1,695 until May 15
  • Remote Session: Dates: July 3, 5-8 & 10-15 (9-12:30pm) // Cost: $695 until May 15

If you would like financial aid, please contact your coach. Financial aid is available to students who have financial need from schools who are members in good standing with the NYCUDL.

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Introduction to Debate: In our introduction class you can expect students to learn the fundamentals of debate which include: public speaking, research skills and basic argument formation. Students will collaborate to incorporate these skills in a debate setting such as in-class scrimmages.

Public Forum: In public forum debate, we focus on enhancing the NSDA standards expected in a public forum round. Some skills include topic specific research on the proposed Public forum NSDA topic along with learning format specific skills in given speeches.

Parli: Parliamentary format (parli) especially focuses on listening and extemporaneous speaking skills as students work on teams of three to debate topics with limited prep.

Why Join the NYCUDL’s Summer  Debate Institutes?

History and experience. The NYCUDL was formed in 2012 with the goal of providing debate access to every student in New York City. The NYCUDL has run summer debate camps every year since its founding to support debate in NYC.

Support debate access for low income students in NYC. All proceeds from NYCUDL workshops go to support access for low-income students in New York City.  Please help us help our city in a time of need.

Platform. All NYCUDL online programs are supported by an easy-to-use platform that will support the online Georgetown tournament and the online Tournament of Champions.

Our staff.  Our teaching staff includes incredibly accomplished debaters and coaches as well as guest lecturers from around the United States.

The best way to learn debate is to debate!

That’s why these live sessions will impart the essentials of public speaking and basic debate with a frequent mix of active practice and feedback.  Tournament-tested debaters and teachers coach you with 15-30 hours of live instruction with the option to add on more hours. The add-on extension hours target highly-active debate rounds or research games and exploration.  Comprehensive units aim to raise skills—and enjoyment!—of public speaking, research, inquiry, vocabulary, critical literacy and higher-order thinking. Ask your instructor questions at any time.

All units embrace skills that invaluably transfer to make your academic success faster, higher and stronger!

Brace yourself for the magic of our virtual Summer Debate Institute!

Consistent, personalized coaching.  New, tight-knit friendships. Exposure to diverse styles and ways of thinking.  The most efficient way to get better at debate is to debate more often. Competitively successful instructors guide personalized lab groups and smaller, virtual team work well-matched to your goals. Interactive discussion and activities follow carefully designed video lectures or live presentations on topics from fine tuning final focus to multi-layering frontline refutation.  The two week program supports an official tournament experience. Each week’s 15 hours of coaching includes an option for up to 15 more add-on hours. This extension time specializes in highly-active tasks to advance guided research and coached round practice.

Debaters always report a windfall of benefits competitively and academically. Now, folding in heightened tech and organizational skills nurtured at a virtual debate institute, the benefits multiply.

Our Public Speaking program is designed to provide instruction in Public Speaking to students entering grades 4-5.  Students will learn how to give informative speeches, demonstrative speeches and persuasive speeches. The program will conclude with a public speaking showcase.

Summer Institute Registration 2023

Student Information

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Grade Level In September *
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Parent Information

Student Code of Conduct

Student Code of Conduct
All students must comply with the New York City Department of Education policies.
Additionally, students must:
(1) Show courtesy and respect toward others and property at all times.
(2) Dress appropriately at all times.
(3) Use appropriate language.

Statement of Disciplinary Action
The following are some examples of disciplinary action which may be taken in the event that the NYCDOE Code of Conduct, school policies, or district policies are not followed:
(1) Asked to leave the Summer Debate Institute for the day and/or for the remainder of the program.
(2) Referred to school administration.
(3) Registration will not be refunded.

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There is a tuition fee which helps to cover the cost of the instructors, facilities, tournament registration, and tournament meals. And most importantly supports our mission to expand access to underserved schools and students that do not have access to scholastic debate.

All payments are non-refundable.

In-person participants will have an additional set of forms, including covid vaccine requirements, emailed upon registration.

Parent/Guardian Consent

Permission to participate in the NYCUDL. I do hereby consent that my child may participate in the stated activity, and in consideration for the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) giving its time and supervision of such activity, do hereby personally on behalf of my child, absolve and release the NYCUDL, its agents and volunteers from any claim of personal injuries which might be sustained by my child while participating in such activities, or while returning to his/her home.

Student Code of Conduct.

I understand that my child will be expected to sign and follow a code of conduct to participate in the stated activity, and that, in the event of inappropriate behavior by my child, I may be contacted and asked to pick up him/her.

Media Consent.

I, as the parent or legal guardian of the minor named below, hereby grant permission to New York City Urban Debate League, Inc. (NYCUDL), or persons contracted by the NYCUDL, to take photographs and/or video/audio recordings of my child in connection with his/her participation in the New York City Urban Debate League for the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, and without limiting any other provision of this Consent, for the purposes of a documentary series in development by Made-By-Hand, LLC in connection with the NYCUDL, I also give unrestricted permission to Made-By-Hand, LLC and its assigns to record and edit photographs, video, sounds, voice, and media of my child in connection with his/her participation in the New York City Urban Debate League for the 2021-2022 school year for the documentary project currently titled "Up for Debate" without limitations, in perpetuity, and in all media. Furthermore, I grant permission to the NYCUDL to publish in print, electronic, or video format the likeness or image of my child obtained during the 2019-2020 school year for public relations, educational, or any other lawful purposes. I further agree that my child’s name and identity may be revealed in connection with the likeness or image. I authorize the use of my child’s likeness or image without compensation to my child or me. All negatives, positives, prints, digital reproductions, and video recordings shall be the property of the NYCUDL barring the recordings by Made-By-Hand, LLC and its assigns in which case, Made-By-Hand, LLC will retain ownership.

Online Rules

The NYCUDL Institute should be a positive learning experience for all participants. Our aim is to provide an advanced academic program for mature elementary, junior high and high school students. All participants agree to respect the rights and feelings of other workshop students and staff. These rules are not meant to be exhaustive. It goes without saying that the institute is not a “sanctuary” for conduct that violates state and/or federal law.

Our staff is here to teach and will not be distracted by students who are unable to work responsibly with others. Therefore, students who violate our communal norms will be expelled from the workshop. Expelled students will not receive any refund of tuition.

Minor Offenses that unreasonably inconvenience other students or staff members will be dealt with through consultation. Staff will first consult with the student about his or her behavior. If that consultation fails to correct the problem, staff will consult with parents. Should that fail to correct the problem, the student will be expelled. Minor offenses include, but are not limited to, lateness to scheduled activities, roll-calls, or room-checks; refusal to participate in scheduled academic activities, such as practice debates and lab drills; any electronic harassment or cyberbullying of others; disrespectful speech or affect directed to staff and/or inappropriate use of networked classroom space.

Rules of Conduct

1. Attendance at all classes is required.

2. Although students are at home, they are expected to dress in a manner appropriate for an educational setting. Clothing will be deemed inappropriate if it is disturbing to other students or in any way interferes with the educational process. Students are prohibited from wearing clothing and accessories that: have slogans, comments or designs that are obscene, lewd or vulgar; advertise alcoholic beverages, tobacco products or illegal drugs; are directed against or intended to demean individuals based on sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnicity, religion, etc. Students wearing clothing deemed inappropriate will be asked to change.

3. The password students are given to enter are confidential and should never be shared with anyone

4. Any other technological location references to the room should not be shared with anyone.


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The NYCUDL is a 501(c)3 whose mission is to make debate accessible to all students. All proceeds from Summer Debate Institutes further that mission. COVID-19 has resulted in hard times for everyone, but especially for non-profits in NYC. Please consider adding a tax deductible contribution of any amount to help us create the next generation of Great Debaters!

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