Student Free Speech Summit – Parent FAQs
Are you the parent of a student interested in attending the Student Free Speech Summit? We know that making the choice to send your child to Washington, D.C. for three days is a big decision.
The safety and well-being of every student that attends the Student Free Speech Summit is the first priority of our team. If you have questions at any time during the process, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Madi Howard, or any member of our team and we will be happy to assist you.
When will the Summit be held?
The Summit will take place June 27-29, 2019.
What is the cost of the program?
FREE. The Bill of Rights Institute wants to make this program available to as many people as possible, so we are covering the costs of meals, housing, travel, and the program. You just have to pay travel costs up front. The travel stipend is paid directly to you, but will be released one week after the program. The student must attend the entire program in order to receive the travel stipend. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
What are the “Nitty-Gritty” Details?
- Program lodging, as well as all sessions and meals, will take place at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia (lodging and meals are covered in the cost of the program).
- Complimentary airport pick-up and drop-off at Washington Reagan International Airport will be provided.
- Students will be shuttled via private charter bus to all off-campus venues.
- 24-hour adult supervision from arrival in D.C. throughout the week is strictly enforced.
Is there adequate adult supervision?
Students will have 24-hour adult supervision starting with the time that they arrive in Washington, D.C. to the time that they leave. The dormitories are staffed by Bill of Rights Institute employed chaperones and the program campus is a small private campus with its own security force. A code of conduct, signed by students and parents is vigorously enforced.
What will my child do while attending the Summit?
- Attend and participate in panel discussions, lectures, and discussions with scholars, university professors, subject matter experts, and thought leaders
- Visit museums, monuments, and memorials
- Explore Capitol Hill and engage in conversations with members of Congress, their staffs, etc.
- Sightseeing tours of historic monuments and memorials in Washington, D.C.
How will this program put my child ahead of their peers?
- By experiencing a dynamic three-day campus residential program in Washington, D.C., your student will be prepared for university-level learning, discussions, and critical thinking.
- Participants gain first-hand knowledge of college and career opportunities in politics, policy, journalism, law, and economics.
- During discussions, lectures, and hands-on activities, students gain important knowledge on how to be an effective citizen and principled leader.
- Students will expand their worldview, make new friends, and walk away with an increased passion for learning, liberty, and more!
Should we book a flight as soon as my child applies?
Please wait to book a flight until your child receives an acceptance letter from the Bill of Rights Institute with further directions.
Who should I contact if I have questions about the Summit?
Please feel free to contact Madi Howard, Program Manager for the Student Free Speech Summit at email@example.com