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  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes, Virtual Camp/Program
  • Focus:
    Debate
  • Cost:
    $100 to $600/week
  • Ages:
    5 to 18
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    1 to 30
  • Programs:
  • Summary

    FDT Debate Academy answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    Established in 2016, Fostering Debate Talent (FDT) Academy is Canada’s leading provider of Debate and Public Speaking education. Our world-renowned instructors help over 450 students per year to strengthen their confidence and public speaking skills. FDT's group and private lessons are offered to students in grades 2-12, and take place at our Vancouver-based academy or virtually via Zoom. Our Winter and Spring Camps are 5 to 7 days long, while our Summer Camp is 8 weeks long. Our main programs are offered throughout the academic year (September to June).

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "FDT is one of the world’s most well-established debate academies, with a global community of over 450 active students and 3000 alumni. Success is what sets us apart, with our programs producing over 45 students who have been selected to join the Canadian National Debate and Speech teams, as well as countless others who have been accepted into Ivy League institutions. We boast a team of over 20 instructors, guided by a well-developed curriculum that is proven to help students hone their skills, and offer a superior group class ratio of 3-to-6 students and 1 instructor."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "As Canada’s oldest and most established Debate academy, FDT has the institutional knowledge necessary to succeed in the Debate and Speech world. We know the tournaments, the structure, the organizations, the judging process. We know how to win.

    This would not be possible without the immense skill, knowledge and talent of our instructors, who are the heart of FDT. Each instructor has seen an abundance of success as debaters, public speakers and instructors. They go the extra mile to ensure that students receive the highest level of coaching, and the results speak for themselves.

    FDT’s administrative team is made up of five individuals who are truly passionate about ensuring that families are consistently supported, from the moment they j"

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Step One
    Complete the registration form linked below.

    Step Two
    Hear from our Admissions Team who will discuss the most suitable program for you.

    Step Three
    Determine your preferred class date and time, and complete your tuition payment.

    Step Four
    Look through our welcome package which contains various resources, and prepare for your first day of class!"

  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; FDT Debate Academy currently has 3 programs available; 6 TBD.

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    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
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    Email
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 17
    Debate
    $800 to $4,000
    Vancouver, BC
    1916 West Broadway
    Jun 22-Aug 15$800 - $4,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing|Debate|Empowerment|Journalism
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 17
    Debate
    $800 to $4,000
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Jun 22-Aug 15$800 - $4,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing|Debate|Empowerment|Journalism
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 18
    Debate
    $100 to $1,000
    Vancouver, BC
    1916 W Broadway #200
    Jul 08-12 $100 - $1,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Credit Courses|Debate|Language Instruction|Reading|Writing
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 18
    Debate, Public Speaking
    $100 to $8,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 18
    Public Speaking, Leadership (multi)
    $100 to $8,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing|Debate|Empowerment|Journalism
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 18
    Public Speaking, Leadership (multi)
    $100 to $8,000
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 18
    Debate, Public Speaking
    $100 to $8,000
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing
    Virtual Program
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 17
    Debate
    $150 to $600
    Virtual Program,
    Online
    Date TBDCost TBD
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing|Debate|Empowerment|Journalism
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 5 - 18
    Debate
    $150 to $1,000
    Instructor lead (group)|Instructor lead (one on one)|Social Justice|Public Speaking|Reading|Writing|Debate|Empowerment|Journalism

  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of FDT Debate Academy

    our take

    Kids do love to debate, but for a kid who wants to make a hobby or career out of it, FDT Academy is the perfect solution. They have many different courses to help kids learn to public speak or debate, along with other related skills. Their motto is “Find your voice: it matters”, and this shows debating isn’t just about arguing a point—it’s about speaking your own personal truth. Kids who are outspoken or are very shy can benefit from the courses here. The quality of instruction at FDT is top-notch, with passionate instructors who care about what the kids have to say. The goal is for kids to come out as effective communicators, which is a skill everyone needs in their personal lives, careers, and just in general. Many kids find success after this course, as champion debaters, during job interviews, and in their relationships. Debating isn’t just about speaking either, it is about listening, and what kid couldn’t use some lessons on this?

    Three Things: FDT Debate Academy
    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at FDT Debate Academy


    Video interviews with parents, campers, and alum

    Neel, Parent

    • 00:37 - What's unique about the program at FDT Academy that made you want to enroll your child there?
    • 01:55 - How was your child's experience with the program?
    • 03:00 - Was there any changes or noticeable personal growth you saw in your child after their time at the program?
    • 05:05 - If you hadn't sent your child to this camp, what's the most important personal growth that they would've missed out on?
    • 06:25 - How can a parent support their child to get the most out of this program?
    • 07:46 - What does your child say about the camp, either to you, or that you may have heard them say to friends or others?
    • 09:02 - Final thoughts?

    More reviews of FDT Debate Academy

    Andrew Yun, Alum

    Former FDT Student, Current Harvard Student!

    Read review

    Grace Hua, University of Pennsylvania, Alum

    Infinitely thankful to have the skill of Debate.

    Read review

    Amolak Singh Dhillon, Alum

    Champion Debater!

    Read review

    Alice Xu, Columbia University, Alum

    Student Turns Instructor

    Read review

    Maggie Y., Parent

    Mother of Collingwood School student raves about FDT.

    Read review

    More reviews of FDT Debate Academy


    Andrew Yun, Alum

    Former FDT Student, Current Harvard Student!

    The great thing about FDT coaching is that it can help you succeed no matter what level you are at in terms of debating. Every aspect of my debating, including listening, argument construction, refutation, and rhetoric have drastically improved thanks to the Academy. ... Show More


    Grace Hua, University of Pennsylvania, Alum

    Infinitely thankful to have the skill of Debate.

    From class presentations, to club applications, to job interviews, debate is the one skill I am infinitely thankful to have. Had it not been for my FDT instructors' encouragement, I would not be the eloquent, well-spoken person I am today. ... Show More


    Amolak Singh Dhillon, Alum

    Champion Debater!

    FDT Academy transformed me from a public school student with no debate experience to a champion debater. Regardless of whether I am delivering a research presentation to hundreds of people or interviewing for a spot at medical school, I am relying on the skills that I developed through coaching. ... Show More


    Alice Xu, Columbia University, Alum

    Student Turns Instructor

    Looking back on my time at FDT, I can recognize a substantial shift in my ability to communicate effectively and persuasively on all matters of subjects. From the moment I joined the academy, I felt a genuine sense of care and support from the instructors and staff. Not only were they invested in teaching us the skills of debate, but they also placed an emphasis on our holistic well-being, encouraging us to work in a collaborative and enthusiastic manner. FDT Academy allowed me to grow emotionally and intellectually, and my experience was truly transformative ... Show More


    Maggie Y., Parent

    Mother of Collingwood School student raves about FDT.

    There is nothing that compares to the quality and instruction that is offered at FDT. I feel very lucky that I was able to find FDT as a place to enhance my daughter’s debate and speech skills. Before my daughter started learning debate at FDT, she was a shy little girl that was afraid to express her feelings in public. FDT provided her not only with a debate coach, but also a place for her to discover one of her greatest passions. FDT is caring, encouraging and supportive. By far the most professional, organized, effective, and self-confidence boosting environment there can be. The coaches here are exceptional. They are passionate about what they are doing and have the ability to help children improve while making learning fun. If you are eager to explore the debate world, FDT is the place to start. ... Show More


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    Address

    Vancouver, BC
    1916 W Broadway #200, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1Z2
    Vancouver, BC
    1916 West Broadway, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6J 1Z2
    Online
    Virtual Program



    Accommodations

    Is FDT Debate Academy technology free? Our virtual lessons and camps require a computer or tablet, as they take place via Zoom.



  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Frankie Cena, Founding Director
    BC 30 Under 30, Former Debate Coach for the Danish National Team, Senior National Debating Championship Board Member.

    To the newest potential members of the FDT family, hello!

    Debate has been my greatest passion from the moment I competed in my first debate tournament as a grade 8 student, and it has been a passion that has grown ever since. In grade 12, I began volunteering as a debate coach at my high school for five years. In that time, the school became known as a massive player in the debate world, and I was able to see the lives of so many young people change for the better. This is because debate allows students to become confident and well-informed critical thinkers. Debate changes lives. After volunteering as a debate coach, I obtained my first paid coaching job and realized that debate needed to be spread to the masses, eventually resulting in something that I never could have imagined – the founding of FDT Academy.

    Since we opened our doors in 2016, I’ve made it my priority to ensure that all students who enter FDT experience the same benefits that my first students experienced: having fun, learning necessary life skills, traveling the world, becoming champions and so much more! At FDT, our goal is to help young people argue effectively for their beliefs and discover their passion for debate and public speaking. Our dynamic team of instructors, many of whom are my former students, are led under my guidance and will go the extra mile to ensure that you achieve the highest levels of success.

    Thank you so much for considering FDT. If you do join us, I hope that you'll  enjoy your experience with us to the fullest, and that you leave the academy a better, more articulate and well-rounded individual.

    - Frankie Cena, Founding Director



    In the News

    October 9, 2023
    Several More FDT Students Make it onto Team Canada 2023/2024

    FDT is extremely proud to announce that our following students have been selected to join the 2023/2024 Canadian National Debate Team!... Read More

    October 6, 2020
    FDT Students Make Team Canada!

    Emily Ni and Alex Logan are chosen to represent Canada on the prestigious National Debate Team. ... Read More



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