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

Upcoming Orientation training Dates:

All training dates currently postponed.
Email volunteer@chicagodebates.org if you are interested in training. 

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*

 

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.

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?

Email us at volunteer@chicagodebates.org to learn about all the ways to support Chicago Debates.