Opportunity Details

Children & Youth
Low-income Communities
Strategy & Discussion

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+

Referral: Chicago Debates

Tournament Judges
  • 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.
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 small stipend and lunch.
Impact: What impact will volunteers make if they decide to come to your organization? Think about why you need volunteers in the first place and what they mean to your organization.

Why Judge Debate?
  • Empower a young person
  • Contribute to the education of new debaters
  • Become an example of the kind of community leader’s students receive feedback and encouragement from as they write their own academic and personal success story
  • Network with other volunteers, including other professionals who care about youth voice
  • Give back at tournaments located throughout our city, in neighborhoods where debate is vibrant
A Chicago Debates volunteer who judges a full day of debates between Chicago Public Schools students impacts 16 young intellectuals who wouldn't have had the chance to be heard otherwise; a half-day of your time impacts 8 students; even 2 hours of your time helps 4 ambitious and courageous students.

Dec 7-8a-3:30p
Dec 13-4p-8:45p
Dec 14-8a-3:30p
Dec 17-4p-8:45p
Dec 18- 8a-3:30p
Jan 31-4p-8:45p
Feb 1-8a-3:30p
Feb 2-8a-3:30p
Feb 21-4p-8:45p
Feb 22-8a-3:30p
Mar 28-8a-3:30p
Mar 29-8a-3:30p

These operate in just under 100 schools throughout the city of Chicago- this includes the North, West and South sides of the city

***This is a Referral Opportunity through Chicago Cares. Chicago cares does not manage the volunteer experience for these projects and volunteers are subject to each partner organization's volunteer protocol. Chicago Cares is not liable for injuries, loss, or damage at referral projects. No Chicago Cares staff will follow up with you about the logistics for this program, however, a staff person from the managing organization will be responsible for doing so.*** 
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