Alumni Ambassador Program for Former Urban Debaters
The Alumni Ambassador program gathers a prestigious and diverse group of 14-16 dynamic and motivated leaders. Those selected represent the urban debate community and its mission.
Ambassadors will work with students leading up to the 2017 Urban Debate National Championship and help administer the tournament in April. More than 100 debaters, coaches and league staff and Ambassadors will attend this year’s tournament, which will be held in Chicago, IL. NAUDL covers flights, hotels and meals for Alumni Ambassadors.
- Alumni, fill out application form by February 13th.
- Ensure your recommendation is filled out by February 13th. You can ask a league staffer, a former coach, a teacher, or anyone who can attest to your readiness for taking on the responsibilities of an Alumni Ambassador. While anyone can be your recommender, we strongly encourage recommenders who can speak to your connections to urban debate.
Important Dates (all are 2017):
Application and Recommendation Form Due: February 13th
Orientation in Chicago: March 11th
Remote Assistant Coaching: March 11th -April 20th
Urban Debate National Championship tournament weekend: April 20th – 23rd
Annual Dinner: Thursday evening at the Four Seasons in Chicago
National Championship: Friday morning-Sunday late afternoon at Loyola University in Chicago
During the tournament, Ambassadors serve as mentors, judges, administrative support and role models for student competitors during the tournament weekend.
- Serve as a remote assistant coach.
For many students in the urban debate network, this will be their first or one of few opportunities for national-level competition. Ambassadors will be assigned to a league (not their own) to coach qualifying teams. They will work in collaboration with coaches and local league staff, assisting teams with tournament preparation and scouting. They will provide continued support to their teams during the Championship weekend.
- Provide administrative support to NAUDL staff.
Each ambassador will be assigned a tournament role in addition to their coaching assignment. These roles will include helping with awards, MCing the opening assembly, responsibility for events during the tournament, assistance with registration, social media specialists, and tab room assistance.
- Serve as a representative and role model to the urban debate community
Alumni Ambassadors represent the UDL community. In this role, they will greet guests during the tournament, dine with donors and supporters of urban debate during the annual dinner and participate in student social events, with the expectation that they share the mission, impact and practices of Urban Debate Leagues during those conversations. Ambassadors will be in charge of planning and running community building activities throughout the weekend. Ambassadors may be asked to write or speak about their past debating experience, or their role as leaders in the urban debate community.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Debated in an urban debate league for at least one year of high school.
- Currently enrolled in a 2 or 4 year college or university.
- Well-versed and currently active in the urban debate community. This activity may take the form of judging, coaching, continued mentorship of debaters, or participation in urban debate activities and initiatives.
- Available for the entirety of the 2014 Urban Debate National Championship weekend.
- Available for an in person orientation in Chicago on March 11th.
- Available to dedicate up to three hours per week for assistant coaching from March through mid-April.
- Ability and willingness to speak about debate experience at annual dinner and throughout the championship weekend.
- Eight of our Alumni Ambassadors positions are reserved for the host city, in this case Chicago.
- Four spots are reserved for returning Alumni Ambassadors
- No Alumni Ambassador may serve for more than 2 years.
- We are committed to recruiting a diverse group of Alumni Ambassadors who represent as many of our leagues as possible.
- While first year outs may apply, priority will be given to Ambassadors who are in at least their second year of college.
- Alignment with roles that exist at the tournament including, but not limited to, mentoring students, judging debates, administrative assistance and social media assistance.
- Sara Sanchez – National Program Manager
- Luke Hill – Director of Data & Performance Management
- Greg Ekey – Director of Education and League Programming
- Tyler Anderson – Alumni Ambassador (’16 & ’17), NYCUDL Alum & NAUDL Intern
Applicants and recommendations will be reviewed by each committee member independently based on the above criteria. The committee will then convene to discuss their findings and award the Ambassadorships.