Volunteer Policies

We ask all of our volunteers to follow three simple rules:


Respect: Respect students, WUDL Staff, other volunteers, and the facilities we use for our tournaments, and encourage the students to do the same. 

Professionalism: Staying professional is important to fostering the serious, learning focused environment that makes the Wahington Urban Debate League successful. 

Positive Attitude: Our students look up to you as an adult who is willing to listen to them. Stay positive and constructive during any conversations with students, and anywhere at the tournament.

Volunteerism is a key element of our program, but so is protecting our students.

All volunteers must fill out a short, five minute background check through our partners at Verified Volunteers. 

Paris Smalley, of Charles Flowers High School, (left) and Paola Almendarez of DC International PCS (right), shake hands after debating at The Atlantic's Education Policy Summit in 2018.