FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. The not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.
What is FIRST and its mission?
Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build STEM skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
Why is volunteerism important and how does it help your organization reach its goals?
FIRST is truly a volunteer driven organization. With close to 27,000 teams in four robotics programs worldwide, it takes a large and diverse group of volunteers to make FIRST successful: mentors and coaches guide the kids on their teams, event volunteers make the hundreds of seasonal events possible and field volunteers continue to help FIRST grow season after season. Currently, FIRST has 100,000 volunteers, many of which come from companies like Raytheon.
What makes a successful volunteer?
FIRST engages thousands of adult Team Mentors and Coaches volunteering with young people ages 6-18. They have a variety of backgrounds including engineering, marketing, business skills and others, but all share in the FIRST commitment to inspiring in young people, their schools, and communities, an appreciation of science and technology, and how mastering these can enrich the lives of all.
How can volunteers get involved?
There are numerous volunteering opportunities with FIRST: