Debate and Public Advocacy Institute

Speak up. Speak out. Make a statement. Build your confidence and skills; become arguably the best you can.

Spend one week this summer at Wake Forest University building confidence speaking, arguing, and learning to passionately advocate for yourself and others. Students will engage in discussions about current events and learn skills such as persuasion, legal reasoning, and the art of communication. Whether in the classroom, the boardroom, or the halls of Congress, students will enjoy applying advocacy skills in whichever environment their future takes them.

*Wake Forest also offers competitive policy debate workshops for 1-6-week sessions. Information about the intensive Wake Forest debate workshops can be found here.

At a Glance


Dates: June 6 – 11

Who Can Apply?: 9th – 12th grade students

Program Length: Sunday – Friday

Program Tuition: $2,500

Location: Winston-Salem, NC – Wake Forest University Campus

Day or Overnight Program: Overnight

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*Courses carry no secondary school or college credit. Upon completion of the program, an official Wake Forest University certificate of achievement will be awarded to all Debate and Public Advocacy Institute participants.

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered:

  • Fundamentals of Argument
  • Rhetorical Tricks
  • Finding Your Voice
  • Social and Environmental Controversies
  • “Greatest” Debaters and Speakers

Hands-on Experiences:

  • Engage with Guest Speakers from Business, Politics, Advertising and Community Organizations
  • Practice Speaking for Self-Empowerment
  • Compete in Debates on Student-Driven Topics
  • Participate in Candid, Live Discussions about Timely Topics with Peers
  • Learn Preparation Strategies for Your Next Debate

*Hands-on experiences are subject to change.

Debate and Public Advocacy Institute Cost

Winston-Salem (Overnight) | $2,500

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A Day in the Life

  • 8:00 am – Morning Meeting and Breakfast
  • 9:00 am – Welcome from Justin Green and Program Ambassadors
  • 9:30 am – Mechanics of Speaking
  • 10:30 am – Advocacy Group Guest Speaker
  • 12:00 pm – Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – Great Speeches throughout Time
  • 2:00 pm – Debate Preparation
  • 5:00 pm – Debrief for Next Day
  • 5:30 pm – Dinner
  • 6:30 pm – Evening Activities
  • 7:30 pm – Free Time
  • 9:00 pm – Prepare for Bed
  • 10:00 pm – Lights Out

*The “A Day in the Life” sample schedule is subject to change.

Meet Your Academic Leader

New Wake Forest faculty members pose for headshots during their orientation on Wednesday, August 8, 2012. Justin Green, Communication. Justin Green

Academic Leader, Debate and Public Advocacy

Justin Green currently serves as the Head Coach for the Wake Forest Debate team and Professor of the Practice in Communication Studies. A secondary teacher by training and a debate and speaking coach by practice, Justin has combined these efforts to lead several workshops to students and teachers ranging from grades 3-16. He has coached American Debate Association and Cross Examination Debate Association National Champions as well as three-time back-to-back champions of the ACC. He is known for immense energy and an active classroom where students do more talking than “being quiet”. A graduate of Wake Forest University, Justin is excited to extend the campus to new guests each summer.