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The Elementary School Summer Debate Institute (EDI)




NYC Summer Camp Director –

Executive Director –





The New York City Urban Debate League founded the nation’s first elementary school debate institute. The Debate Camp is staffed by New York’s top college, high school debate coaches, teachers, alumni and debaters.  Skills include public speaking, cross examination, critical thinking, research, argumentative writing, public forum debate, and policy debate. Subjects include the current policy debate resolution, philosophy, political science, critical theory, economics, history, geography, international politics and more. Students will gain a competitive edge for the upcoming debate season.


We thank Hunter College’s Silberman Graduate School and CUNY for allowing us to use the incredible facilities and college environment of Hunter College. The Urban Debate League has hosted Summer Debate workshops for several years at Hunter College, because it is an incredible facility. Hunter College is conveniently located near the 6 Train’s East 116th Street.


Our Summer Debate Institute ends with a complete Friday Tournament where all participants receive awards. There will be a 3 round tournament from 9:00am-1:00pm with an Awards Ceremony. We also recognize students for their incredible work throughout the summer. All debaters with outstanding attendance will receive Certificates of Completion for the Summer Debate Academy. Individual Lab Leaders will also recognize top students in each lab.


Aubrey Semple

Aubrey Semple is the Program Director of the New York City Urban Debate League.  Aubrey is also an alumni of the NYCUDL and has been an award winning NYCUDL student debater, coach, volunteer, tabroom director, and Director of our High School Summer Debate Institute.  As Program Director, Aubrey is responsible for all day to day programming, tournaments, outreach, summer camps and everything else to to provide the best debate education opportunities for NYC youth and teachers! Aubrey was the former debate coach at Brooklyn Technical High School and has been coaching for over seven years at various high schools throughout New York City. Aubrey has coached several championship caliber policy debate teams including New York State Debate Coaches Association (NYSDCA) State Champions in Novice (2014) and Junior Varsity (2012) and Co-Champions in Varsity Policy Debate (2013). As a coach, his debaters qualified for elimination rounds in nearly every national circuit tournament including Champions of the New York Invitational at Bronx Science (2013), Quarterfinals at the Harvard Invitational (2013) and qualifying a team to the Tournament of Champions (2014) at the University of Kentucky.  Aubrey received his B.A. from City University of New York in United States History with a concentration in American History and Urban Studies.

Erik Fogel, Director

Mr. Fogel is League Director of the New York City Urban Debate League and coach of the Debate Team at the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice. His debaters have won top awards at every single debate tournament in the Northeast including Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, NYC, Lexington, New Jersey, Washington and everywhere else!. He coached the first New York City middle teams to win top awards at the National Championships including Quarterfinalists, Semifinalists, and Second Place Top Speaker. Mr. Fogel received his Political Science & History from UC Berkeley, J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law, M.A. in Education from Pace University, and is currently enrolled in Baruch College’s Masters in Public Administration.

College Debate Lab Leaders

Debaters will be split into labs for individual training by the city’s top college debaters.

Varsity High School Debate Fellows

The Debate Academy will also be staffed by the top high school debaters from the top high school debate teams in the city. These debaters have collectively won hundreds of trophies and championships since middle school and even elementary school!

Guest Speakers

The Debate Academy will also feature Guest Speakers including the city’s top debate coaches and topic experts on this year’s debate topic.


“Thank you for letting me participate in the debating group. I really love debating.  Its my favorite subject thank you again.”  


Erik Fogel

Erik Fogel