@ The Harlem Educational Activities Fund (HEAF)



Located at one of Harlem's most prestigious academic centers, in one of the most historic neighborhoods (the same block as the Apollo theater and minutes from Columbia University), and right across from Marcus Garvey Park for lunch and activities - The Harlem Debate Institute (HDI) is one of our oldest, most popular and one of the most fun NYC debate camps.

Photo Albums of the Harlem Debate Institute

2019 Photo Album

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2018 Photo Album

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4


2017 Photo Album

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About the Harlem Debate Institute

We are proud to honor with one of the city's top academic community organizations, The Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF) to host the Harlem Summer Debate Institute.  And we are so thankful to the West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) for making the Harlem Debate Institute possible. 


Harlem is home to some of history’s greatest debaters, speakers and advocates!  Soapbox or street corner speakers were a feature of everyday life in Harlem including A. Philip Randolph, Richard Moore, Marcus Garvey, Hubert Harrison, Adam Clayton Powell, Al Sharpton, and Malcolm X.  The Harlem Debate Institute (HDI) draws upon this reach history to inspire the next generation of leaders, advocates and citizens of Harlem, New York City, the United States and the world.


The Harlem Debate Institute (HDI) takes advantage of the incredible academic, artistic, and political community of Harlem from top colleges to top libraries to top cultural institutions to offer a summer debate camp for all ages.  Students study with some of the great debaters, great debate coaches, and great debate teachers of today.  And that is just the beginning!  Students continue debate throughout the school year with weekly practices and monthly tournaments in the Harlem Debate League and the New York City Debate League.


We would like to thank our partners – The Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF) and the West Harlem Development Corporation for making the Harlem Summer Debate Institute possible. 




Monday-Friday (excluding July 4th holiday)

Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF), 2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10027. Click here for directions on Google Maps. Transportation options also listed below. 



P.S. 161 Pedro Albizu Campos is a NYC District school located at 499 West 133 Street, Manhattan, NY 10027. Click here for directions on Google Maps. 



The Harlem Summer Debate Institute is held the first Monday of July each year. July 4th we have the day off. As our make up day, we host our last day and camp tournament at nearby P.S. 161 Pedro Albizu Campos is a NYC District school located at 499 West 133 Street, Manhattan, NY 10027.



All our camps are 9:00am-3:00pm. Parents/Guardians can drop off students at 9:00am and pick up at 3:00pm. 


Additional Information

Breakfast and lunch is provided. Students should bring pens and notebooks each day. Dress is casual.  Our daily breakfast is either bagels and/or pastries. Lunch varies between Dominoes Pizza, Subway sandwiches and other local vendors. Unfortunately, we cannot provide for special diets, so please bring own snacks or meals if you need additional food options.


Directions to PS 161 School (Saturday only location for our Camp Tournament)

You may be able to take the following public transportation to get to our location.      



1 train - get off on either 125th Street Station or 137th Street Station and walk either North or South on Broadway until you reach West 133rd Street. Walk west (1 long block) to West 133rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue.


A, B, C, D trains - get off on the 125th Street Station and walk west 2-3 blocks to Amsterdam Avenue and then walk north to West 133rd Street & Amsterdam Avenue.



M11, M100, M101


Directions to the Harlem Education Activities Fund (Monday-Friday, excluding July 4th)


By NYC Subway

  • Take the A, B, C or D trains to 125th Street and walk about 3 blocks East.
  • Take the 2 or 3 trains to 125th Street and walk 1-2 blocks West.
  • Take the 4,5 or 6 trains to 125th Street and then either take a taxi or a bus Westbound to 7th Avenue/Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

By Metro-North Railroad

  • Take any scheduled Metro North train to the Harlem/125th Street stop. Once downstairs either take a taxi or a bus Westbound to 7th Avenue/Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.

By Car

  • Please map your route using Google Maps map here.


The below parking areas are suggested for your convenience by HEAF and the Apollo Theater. The NYCUDL is not responsible for any aspect of the business agreement that takes place between the parking lot owners/management and their clients.


Central Parking Garage

  • 126th Street between Lenox Ave and Powell Blvd (7th Ave)

Giselle Garage Corp

  • 132nd Street between Lenox Ave & Powell Blvd (7th Ave)
  • 212/283-0058

MTP 129th Street Parking

  • 129th Street between Broadway and 12th Avenue
  • 212/280-7487

Safe Haven Parking Inc

  • 126th Street between Adam Clayton Jr. Powell Blvd (7th Ave) & Douglass Blvd (8th Ave)