The CDC relies on a large network of volunteers—college students, debate league alumni, professionals in the community, parents, and teachers—to help the our debate program thrive. There are a variety of ways to get involved at the CDC.
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 small stipend and lunch.
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 small stipend and lunch.
External Debate Coach
Coach a specific school’s debate team on an ongoing basis. Coaching occurs weekly at the school during school hours, and at six weekend tournaments per year. External coaches can work in either a paid or volunteer capacity. The position requires prescreening as well as a deep commitment to coaching debate. Ongoing training and support are provided by the CDC.
Join the Host Committee to help raise funds for our annual Make Room for Debate luncheon.
The Chicago Debate Commission is governed by individuals from the business, nonprofit and government sectors who are passionate about debate and bring high levels of professional experience, strategic skills, community and corporate connections, and fundraising support to the organization.
The Associates Board will serve as ambassadors for the organization, introducing the CDC to new potential supporters and volunteers, and raising funds via events and social media campaigns targeted at young professionals. The chance to serve on the Associates Board is an excellent professional development opportunity and can also provide a pipeline to eventual membership on the Benefit Committee for the luncheon or the Board of Directors.
Interested in Having a Debate Team at your School?
For a list of current CDL schools, click here. Please contact us if your Chicago school isn’t on the list and you want to learn about what it takes to start a debate team.