Coach Debate with the Washington Urban Debate League!



Start Date


End Date


Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per month


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Washington D.C. or Prince George's County
United States


The Washington Urban Debate League, an affiliate of the National Association of Urban Debate Leagues, is excited to continue our growth for the 2018-19 academic year. We work to bring the educational benefits of debate (for free) to middle and high school students at publicly funded institutions in Washington D.C. and Prince George's County.

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 persistence and self-confidence to dream big.

Demand for our program has been overwhelming. We've grown from 120 students from 7 schools in 2015-16 to more than 40 schools and 450+ students in just a year and a half.

Volunteers are partnered with teacher-coaches who will serve as your primary point of contact with the school, help with logistics, recruiting, and team operations, and will also serve as your co-coach. These partnerships allow the teachers to learn about debate from you, allow for differentiated instruction for students at different skill levels or on different subjects, and provides greater stability and leadership than a single individual alone.


Experience in some form of debate preferred (doesn't have to be recent, and doesn't have to be policy, some of our best volunteer coaches did other events),

The ability to meet with a school at least every other week at about 3 PM on a weekday.

To learn more, you can visit our website:

WUDL programs, free for students and publicly funded educational institutions, gives students a competitive outlet to speak and find their voice, as well as discuss and research current events. We'll be using the National Speech and Debate Association policy debate topic for the 2018-19 school year, Immigration Reform.


  • Training Provided


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  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

If you have questions, please email Program Director David Trigaux at