Chicago Debates relies on a large network of volunteers—college students, debate alumni, professionals in the community, parents, and teachers—to help our debate program thrive. There are a variety of ways to get involved at Chicago Debates.
Academic Debate is life changing for the debaters, but you can benefit too!
Empower a young person
Serve as a conscientious educator
Use your professional skills to support future leaders
Improve your professional network working with other judges
Academic service learning opportunity
Build camaraderie with your team/group
We need judges to give our students the opportunity to debate at 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. We offer judge volunteers a small stipend and lunch.
Not ready to become a tournament judge? You can help make sure tournaments run smoothly, assisting with registration, meals, and running the information table. We offer tournament operation volunteers a small stipend and lunch.
Community Debate Coach
Coach a specific school’s debate team on an ongoing basis. Coaching occurs weekly at the school during school hours, and at six weekend tournaments per year. External coaches can work in either a paid or volunteer capacity. The position requires prescreening as well as a deep commitment to coaching debate. Ongoing training and support are provided by Chicago Debates.
Do you have a group interested in volunteering or planning a day of service? Then volunteer with Chicago Debates. Come work with Chicago students to support their skills in policy-making, speech, and critical thinking in a competitive environment. No debate experience needed!
You don’t have to have debate experience to volunteer
All volunteers will receive a 60-minute orientation and training tailored to the type of role you sign-up for to make sure volunteers are prepared and comfortable with this new opportunity
All sessions are typically held at Chicago Debates’ office. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, trainings will take place virtually until further notice. Orientation training sessions are held throughout the year and future dates will be scheduled soon.
Note: Beginning Thursday, October 1, 2020, training will be held on the following dates:
Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. CST
Wednesdays 3-4 p.m. CST
Wednesday 4:30-5:30 p.m. CST
Thursdays 7-8 p.m. CST
Please sign-up here for training. If none of these times work, please reach out to our Volunteer & Outreach Manager Lauren Hince at email@example.com