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SPEAK, Inc. is a 501 c3 founded in 2016 to build on and better support the work of students at the Vermont Law School and the University of Vermont to bring the skills and value(s) of debate to more diverse audiences. By working with educators, students, and traditionally underrepresented individuals, SPEAK’s mission is to promote powerful voices through public speaking, education, critical thinking, and diplomatic dissent. Key to our programs is the role of student volunteers who apply their education, experience, and expertise to advance SPEAK’s mission.

Key Activities

  • A variety of flexible education programs designed for schools, universities, correctional facilities, youth facilities, and community groups in the US and abroad

  • Unique 8-part skill-based curricula that can be used as a stand-alone lesson or as a part of a more structured program

  • Partnerships with educational organizations and community groups through training, technical assistance, advice, and support


Past Programs

Community Programs

  • Lund Family Center

  • Vermont Mock Trial Competition

  • East Montpelier Elementary School


SPEAK Prison Debate Initiative

  • Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility

  • Woodside Juvenile Center


International Partnerships

  • WeDebate (Milan, Italy)

  • Beihang University (Beijing, China)

  • African Refugee Development Center (Tel Aviv, Israel)

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