Volunteer to be a Mentor
One of the most exciting and rewarding ways you can volunteer with the Houston Urban Debate League (HUDL) is to become a mentor. HUDL mentors work closely with a school’s debate team on an average of 1-2 times a month; although, some mentors have the time to meet more frequently. As a mentor, you will have the chance to forge strong bonds with your students as you help them succeed academically and socially.

HUDL mentors travel to their assigned school and work with the resident teacher-coaches to run debate practice sessions. Typically, debate practices last for about an hour and a half. This program is open to persons with and without debate backgrounds. A passion for working with urban youth can take a mentor much farther than years of debate experience. HUDL will be available to provide concise trainings throughout the year to help support all interested mentors.

To sign-up to mentor please email for details and information


  • Consistent presence at debate practices. Mentors may also wish to attend debate seminars, tournaments, and workshops.
  • Be available by email or phone periodically to discuss progress at your school.
  • Be a positive and affirming role-model who promotes the values and mission of HUDL.

HUDL Schools
Below, you will find a map of the schools served by HUDL. We do our best to place mentors at a school that is convenient for them; however, we may ask mentors, if they are willing, to serve at a different school. Finding mentors for some geographic areas (especially on the outskirts of town) has proven somewhat difficult, so flexibility on the part of the mentor is appreciated.