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Public Speaking Institute

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Too many young people have something to say but do not have the tools to speak in public effectively and with comfort. Sharpening communication abilities helps young people succeed in a world that demands confidence, articulation and the ability to clearly communicate ideas. By building superior speaking skills, students will prepare to excel in school, attain their dream jobs, defend their beliefs and values, and become leaders in their schools and communities.

Education Unlimited is the national leader in providing noncompetitive public speaking summer programs for kids and teens. Education Unlimited was founded in 1993 by a group of speech and debate coaches who developed our innovative curriculum. Today, our curriculum directors and on-site faculty and staff include coaches at some of the nation’s premiere high schools and universities and former speech, debate, and mock trial competitors who reached national levels of success.

5 Reasons to Focus on Public Speaking This Summer!

  1. Public speaking is a necessary and indispensable life skill, and most people are called upon to speak in public at some point in their lives.

  2. Public speaking improves research and organization abilities- crucial skills for high school and college success.

  3. Employers rank public speaking as one of the top skills they look for in employees. Students can get a head start on their dream careers by developing skills that will translate in the workforce.

  4. Speech and debate activities involve “active construction of knowledge.” Students have the opportunity to synthesize, analyze, and utilize new information, rather than merely memorizing facts. According to Communication Education, debate can increase critical thinking skills by 44% in one year and high school reading skills by as much as 25% in one year.

  5. Speech helps develop social skills, such as confidence, eye contact, poise, and articulation.


Public Speaking Institute - 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 Camps

Public Speaking Institute - Advanced Program

Held at Stanford University, the Advanced Public Speaking Institute is designed for high school students who are already comfortable speaking in public and are prepared to make their voices heard.

Students have access to our most experienced speech and debate faculty, trusted instructors and coaches who gently push the students to hone their speaking abilities and excel in their persuasive pursuits. Furthermore, students have the unique opportunity to explore the s...

Public Speaking Institute - Debate Focus

A new special session of our Public Speaking Institute focusing exclusively on debate! 

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 St...