• A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 11 people are interested

Volunteer with urban student debaters! No debate experience needed!

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ORGANIZATION: Chicago Debates

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 11 people are interested

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

Time commitment is flexible. Tournament judges may chose which rounds they’d like to work (1-2 hour time slots). Anyone who volunteers with our organization is responsible for their own transportation. We offer $15 - $25 per round judged and provide lunch at all of our in-person tournaments. Prior to the tournament you will communicate which rounds you’d like to judge with the Volunteer and Outreach Manager. Tournament schedules vary but typically go as follows:

  • Middle School Conferences: Saturday 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • High School Red and Maroon Conferences: Saturday 8:00am - 5:00pm
  • High School Blue and Silver Conferences: Friday 3:00pm - 9:00pm / Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm (includes elimination rounds)

This year's debate topic will be about NATO and emerging technology.

Start your volunteer application here: https://chicago-debates.volunteerlocal.com

*Please note debate tournaments will take place both in-person and virtually this season. To volunteer virtually you will need access to a camera and stable internet connection.

A volunteer who judges a full day of debate impacts 16-20 students who wouldn't have had the chance to be heard otherwise. A half-day of your time impacts 8-12 students, and just two hours of your time helps four ambitious and courageous students!

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About Chicago Debates


67 E Madison St, STE 1616, CHICAGO, IL 60603, US

Mission Statement

We envision a world in which Chicago youth are empowered to find their voice, succeed in college and career, and become leaders in their community.


As a partner to Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Debates promotes, facilitates, and runs the Chicago Debate League (CDL), providing competitive debate programming in high schools and middle schools across Chicago, serving over 1400 students. The Chicago Debates also trains teachers to use debate tools and methodologies to improve the delivery of regular curricula. Debate provides low-income and minority Chicago students with a unique educational program that dramatically improves academic results and expands college and life opportunities.


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Education & Literacy


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Chicago, IL 60603



  • General Education
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Advocacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Public Speaking


  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • When registering for tournaments volunteer will select their shift left. Shifts very from two hours to eight hours depending on preference and availability.
  • Before Judging, volunteers will complete a 90-minute self-paced training on policy debate judging to ensure volunteers are comfortable with this new opportunity. Volunteers will also need to pass a background check to work with minors.

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