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Public Speaking Institute - Regular Program

Education Unlimited - Public Speaking Institute - Regular Program

Designed to help students build confidence in their public speaking skills, our Public Speaking Institute trains students in public speaking, logic and rhetoric through an interactive and dynamic curriculum that encourages incremental progress through ongoing practice and exercise. Over the course of the program, students will participate in three main courses: Debate, Persuasive Speaking, and an elective.

Note: Overnight and day camp programs are offered at Stanford, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC San Diego, Tufts, Brown and Georgetown. Day camp only programs are offered at Caltech and MIT. Day camp programs do not include evening electives. 


Learn the art of verbal combat! Students will learn how to construct persuasive positions, defend against and attack each other’s arguments, and cross-examine effectively. Students will debate a variety of age- and experience-appropriate topics, form teams, and pit themselves against their co-campers. Past debate topics have included: school uniforms (elementary school), pre-emptive strike policy (middle school), and the legal drinking age (high school).

Persuasive Speaking

This useful activity teaches students to craft and deliver convincing speeches. Students start by performing a number of pre-written speeches in order to learn delivery, timing, and intonation. When students display comfort with delivery, they will begin to construct speeches based on their interests. Students learn to choose topics, establish captivating introductions, organize speech content, and deliver compelling conclusions! The focus is on speaking in a natural voice, with few or no notes, rather than writing an essay and merely reading it out loud, the form of "public speaking" taught by most teachers. All students end the week by presenting a speech in front of a large group of fellow campers.


In the evenings, students will get to choose from at least two of the following four elective speaking activities:

  • Model Congress: This event provides an introduction to diplomatic and legislative speaking. Students role-play as members of Congress. Persuasive speaking, negotiations, and compromise are all stressed in a forum that allows students to sample the most exciting part of the political process!

  • Negotiations: You can't always get what you want... or can you? The negotiations activity stresses public speaking as a business and personal tool. Students will role-play scenarios in which their abilities to compromise and persuade are developed.

  • Reader's Theater: In this fun and popular event, students write and perform a short play (or learn and perform a play for younger students). Students create their characters, devise plot twists, write dialogue, and deliver partial practice performances followed by the whole play.

  • Improvisational Speaking: This type of speaking requires students to think on their feet to deliver speeches with little or no preparation time. In the opening class, students are given ample time to prepare for short speeches, and over the course of the program the time to prepare will shorten as the speeches lengthen. Fun and challenging topics are chosen, often with hilarious results!

Public Speaking Institute students experience university life during their week on a college campus. Students live together in the dormitories, experience campus dining, and relax on campus with a wide array of sports and arts activities. Additionally, the camp will take one mid-week excursion to a local attraction, such as an amusement park or sports venue. The most recurrent comment made by students after camp is, “ I never knew I would have so much fun!”

Elementary Education at Stanford University

This is a special session of our Public Speaking Institute intended to meet the needs of younger students entering the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. Elementary Education students will study the same basic skills as standard PSI students in a setting designed to encourage younger students’ enthusiasm for the activities. Our supportive and experienced staff lead fun educational activities and provide supervision that is appropriate for these younger students. Public Speaking students are given tips and plenty of practice to become comfortable speaking in front of their peers. Past topics include: “Should schools mandate uniforms?” and "Should junk food be allowed in school vending machines?" Classroom hours, recreational activities, and supervision are adjusted specifically for elementary school students. During this session, special commuter and extended care options are available, though students may also choose to stay in the campus dorms. Contact Education Unlimited for pricing details.

“Unlike many summer camps, your staff clearly demonstrates they are subject matter experts, not just bodies filling an open position.” -Nandini Rao, PSI parent

“Carrie was somewhat hesitant to go to this camp, believing speaking publicly was simply something she wasn’t good at. She has now decided to join speech and debate and school.”-Gail Stuart Read, PSI parent

Public Speaking Institute - Regular Program - Staff Profiles

Staff are typically subject matter experts and experienced teachers. Staff assignments vary by program and all staff are held to the highest possible standards. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Education Unlimited - Carlos Flores, MA (Camp Director and Instructor)

Carlos Flores, MA — Camp Director and Instructor

Carlos Flores received his B.A. and M.A. in Communication Studies at California State University Northridge. As an undergraduate, Carlos was a member of the Matador Speech and Debate Team, competing in events such as informative speaking, impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking.  

While pursuing his masters, Carlos took on the role of a...

Education Unlimited - Jesse Garrett (Public Speaking Instructor)

Jesse Garrett — Public Speaking Instructor

Jesse Garrett is the Assistant Coordinator of Speech and Debate at James Logan High School, one of the largest and most acclaimed Forensics programs in the country. He was a competitor for Logan in high school, in Impromptu public speaking and Congressional debate. He has volunteer coached for Logan since graduating in 2001 an has been on staff...

Education Unlimited - Jessica Kwack (Instructor)

Jessica Kwack — Instructor

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jessica loves the sun, the movies, and the Lakers!

Jessica is currently a Teaching Associate and graduate student in the Communication Studies Department at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). As a teaching associate at CSUN, she teaches courses in Fundamentals of Public Speaking. In addition to...

Education Unlimited - Iris Malone (Instructor)

Iris Malone — Instructor

Iris is a Ph.D. student in the Political Science Department at Stanford University where she studies international security and political methodology. Prior to Stanford, she had a Fulbright Scholarship in Indonesia where she taught English to high schoolers during the day and ran a speech and debate club outside of class. She graduated summa...

Education Unlimited - Jake Wasserman (Instructor )

Jake Wasserman — Instructor

Jake Wasserman has worked at Education Unlimited programs for more than 17 summers. Since 1997, Jake has participated in the launching of 6 EU programs, including the first Public Speaking and Computer camps, the first Elementary camp, and now the High School Leadership camp. During the September to May "off-season," Jake works on college...

We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.

Upcoming Sessions
* Tentative and Subject to Change

Session Grade Location Price Range  
Jun 11th - Jun 17th 9th - 12th Berkeley Camp Location: UC Berkeley $2,085.00 – $2,450.00
Jun 18th - Jun 23rd 5th - 8th Berkeley Camp Location: UC Berkeley $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jun 18th - Jun 24th 9th - 12th Yale University $2,085.00 – $2,450.00
Jul 2nd - Jul 8th 6th - 8th Stanford University $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jul 2nd - Jul 8th 9th - 12th Tufts University $2,085.00 – $2,450.00
Jul 9th - Jul 14th 5th - 8th San Diego Camp Location: UC San Diego $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jul 9th - Jul 15th 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,085.00 – $2,450.00
Jul 16th - Jul 21st 4th - 8th Berkeley Camp Location: UC Berkeley $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jul 16th - Jul 22nd 9th - 12th Los Angeles Camp Location: UCLA $2,085.00 – $2,450.00
Jul 23rd - Jul 28th 5th - 8th Georgetown University $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jul 23rd - Jul 29th 9th - 12th Georgetown University $2,085.00 – $2,450.00
Jul 23rd - Jul 29th 9th - 12th Berkeley Camp Location: UC Berkeley $2,085.00 – $2,085.00
Jul 23rd - Jul 29th 9th - 12th Stanford University $2,085.00 – $2,450.00
Jul 23rd - Jul 29th 9th -12th Brown University $2,085.00 – $2,450.00
Jul 30th - Aug 4th 7th - 8th Brown University $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jul 30th - Aug 4th 7th - 8th Stanford University $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Jul 30th - Aug 5th 9th - 12th Los Angeles Camp Location: UCLA $2,085.00 – $2,450.00
Jul 31st - Aug 4th 4th - 8th Massachusetts Institute of Technology Day Camper: $1,025.00
Aug 6th - Aug 11th 5th - 8th Los Angeles Camp Location: UCLA $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Aug 6th - Aug 11th 7th - 8th Stanford University $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Aug 7th - Aug 11th 4th - 8th Caltech Day Camper: $1,025.00
Aug 13th - Aug 18th 4th - 6th Stanford University $1,510.00 – $2,150.00
Aug 13th - Aug 18th 7th - 8th Stanford University $1,510.00 – $2,150.00