Chicago Debates relies on a large network of volunteers to help our debate program thrive. Check out all the different volunteer opportunities below!


We’re rolling out new and exciting features on our website in an effort to streamline the volunteer process. Current volunteer can now create an account online through our Volgistics platform. Volgistics will allow volunteers to update personal information, schedule shifts for tournaments, track volunteer hours, and communicate directly with the Tournament Director! 

*Please note that all volunteer tournament staff will now use Volgistics to sign up for shifts*.

Creating an account is simple. For current volunteers your email is your username, and instructions on how to set up a password are here. If you need assistance setting up your account please contact

Login into Volgistics

Upcoming Orientation training Dates:

Wednesday, January 15th, 5:30pm – 7:00 pm

Wednesday Feb 12th, 5:30pm- 7:00pm

All new volunteers must complete the an application,  participate in this 90-minute training and pass a background check.
*All sessions are held at 200 S Michigan Ave #1040 Chicago, IL 60604*

To attend a training session please complete the application below:
New Volunteer Application

Tournament Judge

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 stipend and lunch.

Judge Middle School Debates

Tournament Operations

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 stipend and lunch.

Community Debate Coach

Want to get even more involved? You can assistant coach for a debate team on an ongoing basis. Coaching occurs weekly at the school during school hours, and at monthly weekend tournaments. Community coaches can work in either a paid or volunteer capacity and are hired by, and work for, the school they’re coaching. The position requires a full background check and fingerprinting as required by Chicago Public Schools, as well as a deep commitment to coaching debate. Ongoing training and support are provided by Chicago Debates.

Not Sure How You Can Help?

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