DEBATE TRAINING FOR VICTORY

The Helmsmen Institute is dedicated to building and equipping ethical leaders in the Stoa speech and debate community to have a future characterized by honor and excellence. We prioritize individual training that provides advanced education to prepare the next generation to be cultivated citizens who can discern the true, good and beautiful. Our Institution, founded on alumni leadership, provides portable skills and techniques derived from the success of champion debaters. Our goal is to emulate Proverbs 18:15 by sharing knowledge and actively seeking the love and wisdom of God.

OUR STORY

The Helmsmen Institute was born at a small table in the Concordia University Irvine dining hall, where Denise Sprimont, Meghan Gleeson, David Vasquez and Josiah Popp made a commitment to serve the Stoa community. 


In speaking to Stoa competitors and parents, it became apparent that there is a need for an affordable speech and debate camp, and for affordable speech and debate resources that will prepare students of all levels for competition. As such, we founded The Helmsmen Institute to provide high-quality alumni run speech and debate camps, and exceptional materials that meet the needs of the Stoa community. We seek to become positive and impactful leaders through our dedication to the lifelong benefits of education. 


The members of our staff are all successful Stoa Alumni and coaches who are committed to giving back to the community that has supported, encouraged and taught them so much in the past decade. We feel privileged to utilize our skills and knowledge to contribute to the future through the Helmsmen Institute. As we answer the call to take the Helm, we firmly believe the Stoa community and students will benefit educationally and spiritually.

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What do we offer?

The Helmsmen Institute provides speech and debate resources and speech and debate camps for Stoa competitors. Our resources are tailored for Stoa competitors and aimed at assisting students to reach their full potential. The Helmsmen educational philosophy will be the framework for all of our material, ensuring that students will receive the highest quality speech and debate resources.

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Who are we?

The Helmsmen Institute was born at a small table in the Concordia University Irvine cafeteria, where Denise Sprimont, Meghan Gleeson, David Vasquez and Josiah Popp made a commitment to serve the Stoa community. The Helmsmen Institute is an educational organization founded by alumni and guided by business professionals, educational specialists, and communication professors. We wish to bless Stoa competitors the same way we were blessed by Stoa. We are not a club, rather we are a resource hub for Stoa competitors who are interested in growing in knowledge, virtue, and speech and debate skills. Our staff focuses on analyzing the needs of students and creating materials, routines, and so much more to turn shortcomings into strengths.

Through this curriculum, we strive to enhance skills that students already have and to encourage them in Christ. Always remembering our original goals and desires, we serve others to support families seeking success in speech and debate.

In speaking to competitors and parents, it has become apparent that there is a need for an affordable debate camp, and for affordable debate resources that will prepare students of all levels for competition. We seek to become positive and impactful leaders in the Stoa speech and debate community through our dedication to the lifelong benefits of education. The members of our staff are all successful Stoa alumni and coaches who are committed to giving back to the community that has supported, encouraged and taught them so much in the past decade. We firmly believe that if alumni are the Helmsmen of the debate community, students will benefit educationally and spiritually. We are ready to guide speech and debate competitors to victory.

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Our Mission

At The Helmsmen Institute, our mission is to guide students throughout their time in Stoa, providing students with alumni leadership and mentoring to not only to grow and excel in speech and debate, but to grow and excel in their spiritual walk with God. We seek to provide each student the resources they require for success, but also seek to lead students in their walk in the Lord. We support a strong alumni presence in the speech and debate community, discipling and mentoring students throughout the year, to prepare them for a future life speaking and espousing the Lord's word eloquently, and righteously.

OUR CORE VALUES

critical thinking

Here at Helmsmen, we encourage the curious flame of students by feeding their brains the tools of research, organization, and brainstorming that can start the journey of a critical thinker.

christian mentorship

The Helmsmen Institute values the opportunities Christian mentoring provides to support and guide young people. Through mentoring, a wise and trusted individual helps students navigate their way to their full potential.

high quality debate resources

Every student who participates in speech and debate must work for what they want to achieve; however, they can not do everything on their own. They need an army, and the Helmsmen Institute—and all of the resources that it has—is ready to have their back and fight alongside them.

socratic approach

Do you generally prefer to expound in a long uninterrupted speech of your own whatever you wish to explain to anyone, or do you prefer the method of questions?

—Plato Sophist 217c

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