Opportunities to support the Bay Area Urban Debate League go far beyond the financial. Whether or not you have debate experience, there are dozens of ways for you to be involved. Our volunteers perform crucial roles in our program: they act as mentors guiding our debate teams; they judge at weekend tournaments; they assist with the daily work of the league. These are some of the most common ways volunteers support the league:
Volunteer Opportunities at Workshops, Tournaments, and Campuses
No matter your debate experience or your schedule, your help can make a difference. Debate judges attend weekend tournaments, listen to the arguments of our debaters, and give them feedback to help them grow as researchers and advocates. No prior experience in debate is necessary – if you think you might enjoy listening to young people speak their mind, you are likely qualified to serve as a judge. We also provide training for judges in the morning of tournaments to make sure you're ready. Team mentors work with an individual school, collaborating with teachers on a near-weekly basis to run engaging debate practices for Bay Area youth. Some experience in competitive debate is helpful here, though we provide training and support to make sure that all can succeed. Administrative interns push forward the crucial work of development, data analysis, and advocacy that makes the program work of the league possible. Where some nonprofits pass boring labor onto administrative interns, we work with our interns to create projects that are meaningful and fun. If you are interested in any of these opportunities contact us here for more details.
Volunteer Opportunities for College Students
The BAUDL is privileged to have strong support from university partners, most prominently including the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University (SFSU). These partnerships include institutionalized in the form of a for-credit class in which students both contribute directly to the work of the League and reflect on how to design debate programs for maximum impact on the districts and schools we serve. If you are a current college student, contact us to see how you can earn credit at your college or university.
Click here for the BAUDL Bears UC Berkeley Program Website.
Volunteer Opportunities to Judge at Debate Tournaments
The lifeblood of any debate tournament are judges. Community members who take the time to listen to youth debate, provide feedback to them, and select winners are the real heros. Judging signals to youth that you are interested in their opinions, take their policy suggestions seriously, and support their choice to be involved in academics. Check out the tournament page to see the current schedule for High School, Middle School, and Travel Team. Sign-Up Here to be added to our volunteer email list. Judge requests are sent out prior to each tournament. Below are the BAUDL tournament calendars