A great volunteer opportunity – be a debate judge!

Are you passionate about education, debate, civics, and providing the best educational opportunities for Chicago youth? Then we need YOU! The CDL relies on a large network of volunteers–college students, debate league alumni, professionals in the community, parents, and teachers–to judge our tournaments. No experience is required; we will train you to be an effective judge. Judges have the option to volunteer for a half-day or full day, and are compensated with a small stipend and lunch.

This year, 1300 students from 71 schools will each participate in an average of three or four tournaments. For each tournament, we need one judge for every four debaters. As you can imagine, that’s a lot of judges! We are seeking judge volunteers for seven upcoming tournaments from January to April 2013. At our final debate tournament of the year, the Allstate CPS Chicago Debate Championship in April, we need almost 90 judges to give about 350 of the city’s best debaters the opportunity to prove themselves as champions.

Please donate your time to help mentor our students as they develop their critical thinking and public speaking skills.

For more information on what judging entails, please click here. Contact DavidSong@chicagodebateleague.org to find out about the next judge training session.

Next judging opportunity: January 11th, 2013. Thank you so much for supporting our students.