The Manhattan High School Debate Institute @

Silberman School of Social Work (Mondays-Thursdays)

and NYC Debate League Office (Fridays)



More about the Manhattan High School Debate Institute

We are honored to partner up with the Silberman School of Social Work, Teach for America, Hunter College and the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute (BALI) to host for nearly a decade at Hunter College's Silberman School of Social Work. This is our largest high school debate institute over the summer. ** Note ** Because the Silberman School of Social Work is closed on Fridays, we will be meeting at our Office at the Teach for America headquarters on 25 Broadway. Directions and information below. 


Location #1 (Mondays-Thursdays)

Silberman School of Social Work, 2180 Third Avenue, New York, New York 10035. Click here for google maps.
*The building is located on Third Avenue and 119th Street.


Location #2 (Fridays)

NYC Debate League Office, Teach for America, 12th Floor, 25 Broadway, New York, New York, 10004. Click here for google maps.



July 8th - July 19th (Monday - Friday)



All our debate institutes are 9:00am-3:00pm. Students should be dropped off at 9:00am and picked up at 3:00pm. All dropping off and picking up is done at the Hunter West lobby where there is campus security except for Fridays where drop off and pick up is in the lobby of 25 Broadway. We will be on the 12th floor, but students should be dropped off and picked up in the lobby of the building. 


Directions to the Silberman School of Social Work

Address. Click here for Google Maps.
Silberman School of Social Work
2180 Third Avenue
New York, New York 10035
*The building is located on Third Avenue and 119th Street.


By Subway
The #6 train stops at 116th Street and Lexington Avenue.
Exit subway and walk up Lexington three blocks or walk to Third Avenue and then three blocks to 119th Street.
New York City Department of Transportation: See Map of the Number 6 Line


By Bus in Manhattan
Going Crosstown: Take the M116 crosstown bus to East 116th Street and Third Avenue or Lexington Avenue.
Going Uptown: Take the M98, M101, or M103 to East 119th Street and Third Avenue.
Going Downtown: Take the M98, M101, M102 or M103 to East 119th Street and Lexington Avenue.
New York City Department of Transportation: MTA Bus Information; Private Bus Information


By Car
Going West (from Queens & Long Island): Take the Long Island Expressway to the Queens Midtown
Tunnel. Make a right onto Third Avenue and proceed north to 119th Street.

Going South (from Bronx & Westchester): Take the New York Thruway (I-87) to the Major Deegan Expressway; take the Third Avenue Bridge to Lexington Avenue and then turn left. Continue south on Lexington to 118th Street. Make a left turn on 118th Street. Make a left on Third Avenue to 119th Street.

Going East (from New Jersey) Via GW Bridge: Take the George Washington Bridge to the Harlem River Drive to the FDR Drive to Exit 19 toward 2nd Avenue and 125th Street and then merge onto 2nd Avenue. Turn right onto East 117th street. Take first right onto Third Avenue.



Directions to the NYC Debate League Office

Directions to our Office and click here for Google Maps


Our office is located inside the Teach for America Headquarters at 25 Broadway, 12th Floor, NY, NY 10004.  We are located right across from the "Charging Bull" statute in Downtown Manhattan in Wall Street area. 


By Public Transportation: Take 4, 5 to Bowling Green and cross the street. Other stations in walking distance include the : R, W to Rector Street; J, M, Z to Broad Street; 1 to Rector Street; A, C to Fulton Street/Broadway Nassau station to the 4 or 5 train. We are near the Fulton Street Transit Center, in addition to several local and express bus routes, the Staten Island Ferry and PATH train service to New Jersey.


NOTE: Always check the MTA website for advisories, especially on weekends, as there are changes in the schedule of some trains, or contact them 7 days a week, 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the New York City Transit Travel information hotline: 718-330-1234. Non-English speaking customers call 718-330-4847. Customers with disabilities call 718-596-8585; and TYY customers call 718-596-8273. You can also visit the MTA online at


Parking Garages: There are parking garages within five blocks of the office. Two of the less expensive and closest are:


Central Parking

17 Battery Place



Edison Parking

70 Greenwich Street



About our Debate Camps


Our Debate Camps are staffed by New York’s top middle school and high school debate coaches, teachers, alumni and debaters. Tracks are available for beginners as well as advanced 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. But most importantly, it's a lot of fun! At the end of the two weeks we have a camp tournament and awards ceremony.  Tuition includes breakfast, lunch, Camp T-Shirt, debate texts and materials.


Sample Daily Schedule:

  • 9:00am-9:30am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am-10:00am - Lecture and Activities #1
  • 10:00am-10:30am -  Debate Electives
  • 10:30am-12:00pm - Debate Labs
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Labs
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm - Practice Debates
  • 2:30pm-3:00pm - Closing Activities

Friday Debate Camp Tournament Schedule

  • 8:30am-9:00am - Arrival
  • 9:00am-9:30am - Breakfast
  • 9:30am-10:00am - Labs and Tournament Prep
  • 10:00am-11:00am - Round 1
  • 11:00am-12:00pm - Round 2
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm - Lunch
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm - Round 3
  • 2:00pm-2:30pm - Awards
  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm - Lab Awards



  • Public Speaking
  • Speech Writing
  • Argumentation
  • Refutation and Clash
  • Note Taking and Flowing
  • Cross Examination Skills
  • Research
  • Evidence
  • Fallacies
  • Judge Adaptation
  • Tournament Skills
  • Travel Team
  • Debate Formats