The Washington Urban Debate League, a branch of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues, is proud to host the Matthew H. Ornstein Washington Summer Debate Institute for middle and high school students. This program, free for students at publicly funded educational institutions, is designed for those interested in learning more about debate, as well as those already familiar with the program.
On August 12th, our summer camp will be hosting a tournament to let students test out what they've learned. It is crucial that we find judges to listen and provide feedback to the students to help them practice what they've learned at camp. The time commitment is approximately 9 AM-5 PM that Friday. Training will be provided either beforehand, or on site.
The Washington Urban Debate League is expanding its programming into new schools. In order to expand our competitive schedule and allow more students to participate, we will need more judges and coaches. Your participation is critical to our ability to better serve our students as they develop their critical thinking, research, writing, and advocacy skills.
Extensive, peer-reviewed research proves that participation in competitive policy debate improves students in every metric you can imagine--test scores and grades, attendance and graduation rates, college admissions and graduation, as well as giving them the self-confidence to dream big. Volunteers like you are crucial to making this a reality.
Judges: During the school year, we host monthly Saturday tournaments and need judges to provide constructive feedback to students.
No prior experience is necessary, only a high school degree, willingness to attend a judge training session (provided on site) and come to our Saturday tournaments. The only criteria required are an ability to take notes and a willingness to listen!