Volunteer with FIRST Kansas City | Mentor
FIRST® mentors and coaches support over 679,000 students across the globe a year. As a mentor or coach of a FIRST team, you empower students to be future gamechangers. You're working side by side with FIRST participants to build their leadership and problem-solving skills and, more importantly, their sense of belonging and self-confidence. Your contribution to the success of FIRST programs is immeasurable.
- FIRST® LEGO® League Divisions - Challenge and Explore
- FIRST® Tech Challenge
- FIRST® Robotics Competition
Help us to change lives, change our culture and change the future! Whether you have a few weekend hours, the desire to mentor a team for a season, or want to work behind the scenes to help FIRST grow, opportunities abound for people who want to give back.
Types of Volunteer Positions
Event Day Volunteer
FIRST events are an exciting way to see youth in action, applying the knowledge and skills developed through team participation. FIRST event-day volunteers help both behind the scenes and in highly visible roles. Many roles do not require any technical expertise.
Team Volunteers: Mentors and Coaches
Team mentors and coaches work side-by-side with FIRST teams to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. They have a variety of backgrounds, but all share in the FIRST commitment of inspiring young people, their schools and communities an appreciation of science and technology, and how mastering these can enrich the lives of all.
The time required varies by program. Teams not only need week-to-week guidance on the technology of their building and/or science projects, but they need guidance on organizing outreach and fundraising efforts in their community. Coaches and mentors do not need to have any technical expertise—just a willingness to inspire youth. Although some teams need topic-related expertise for a short period of time, these positions generally require a six-month commitment.