Get Paid to Judge Student Debates! No experience needed!


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


200 S MichiganChicago, IL 60604


The Chicago Debate Commission needs your support! Come work with Chicago students to support their skills in policy-making, speech, and critical thinking in a competitive environment. Opportunities include judging policy debates or volunteer support staff. No debate experience needed and debaters of all levels are encouraged to sign up.

Academic Debate is life changing for the debaters, but you can benefit too!

Why Judge Debate?

  • 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
  • Give back

The debate tournament is a long day, but you can feel free to help out in shifts. Come support one (or all) of our working shifts.

Shift 1: 8:00am - 4:00pm

Shift 2: 1:00pm - 9:00pm

Friday shifts: 4:00-9:00 pm/ 5:00-9:30

*Please note debate tournaments take place in schools across metro Chicago. Tournament dates and locations will be available at training.

Judges will receive a 1-2 hour introduction training on policy debate judging to ensure volunteers are comfortable with this new opportunity!

RSVP for an upcoming orientation/training

Tuesday, October 10
6:00 pm

Thursday, October 12
6:00 pm

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  • Mentoring
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Critical Thinking
  • Tutoring

Good Match For

Teens People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • at least 4 hours

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