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

As of Thursday, October 1, 2020, trainings will be held on the following dates:

New Volunteers:

Tuesdays 7-8 p.m. CST

Wednesdays 3-4 p.m. CST

Returning Volunteers:

Wednesday 4:30-5 p.m. CST

Thursdays 7-7:30 p.m. CST

If none of these times work, please reach out to our Volunteer & Outreach Manager Lauren Hince at 

All new volunteers must register with this application, participate in a 90-minute training and pass a background check.

*All sessions are typically held at the Chicago Debates downtown Chicago office. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions trainings will be virtual until further notice.*

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.

For more information on how to become a community debate coach, please contact our Director of Programs, Anthony Bolden, at

Not Sure How You Can Help?

Email our Volunteer & Outreach Manager, Lauren Hince, at to learn about all the ways to support Chicago Debates.