Preparing the Leaders of Tomorrow

The NCPA supports the leaders and policymakers of tomorrow through programs designed to develop character and keep our youth well informed about important issues facing our nation. We are committed to preparing the next generation of policy scholars through participation in youth programs, such as Debate Central, the NCPA's programs with the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation, and internships and fellowships.

Some NCPA youth programs use debate as a leadership development tool. We believe that the ability to effectively debate opens many doors for students in high school and college who might otherwise not have had an outlet to hone their communication and leadership skills.


Debate Central

Since 1996, we have provided the largest free online resource for debaters, leveling the playing field for tens of thousands of high school students who want to participate in debate but can't afford to pay for it. Visit Debate Central today.


Internships &
Junior Fellowships

NCPA Internships and Junior Fellowships give college students access to every aspect of the policy process, providing invaluable experience in our Dallas office and on Capitol Hill. For more info, and to apply, click here.

Donors who would like to sponsor an internship or Junior Fellowship may do so by contacting Eileen Resnik at 972-386-6272.



Young Patriots Essay Contest

The Young Patriots Essay Contest is designed to challenge high school students to creatively solve problems in the realm of public policy through the art of writing. Students compete to win up to $5,000 in college scholarships. Learn more today!


Partnership with Hatton W. Sumners Foundation

Named after the former Congressman and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the Hatton W. Sumners Foundation has been handing out scholarships to deserving students throughout Texas and Oklahoma for more than 30 years. Learn more about this unparalleled opportunity.