FIRST® Senior Mentors (FSMs) are a group of highly skilled and talented technical and non-technical individuals, who focus on recruiting, supporting and expanding FIRST programs. Founded in 2005, the FIRST Senior Mentor program prides itself in its cross-program, grass-roots approach.
Through outreach events, expositions, and demonstrations FIRST Senior Mentors are able to attract new Volunteers, Mentors and Coaches to sustain and support both rookie and veteran teams.
The FIRST Senior Mentor program is a critical addition to an organization that needs people on the ground, working in a hands-on environment, filling in the gaps of support to whomever and whatever is needed. FIRST Senior Mentors, or FSMs, are both technical and non-technical individuals and bring with them a vast array of backgrounds and experience.
FIRST Senior Mentors are recruited through a cross-program nomination process that occurs locally at the collaborative recommendation of their Regional Directors and Program Partners because of their previous relationships with FIRST Programs and their general understanding of the culture of FIRST. Most, if not all FSMs have had existing relationships with FIRST as Team Mentors, Coaches or Event Volunteers. FSMs typically work in a part-time capacity, (10-15 hours per week), in constant communication and collaboration with each Program Partner; their area Regional Director, Regional/Planning/Operational Committees, and VISTA Volunteers (if applicable).
FIRST Senior Mentors strengthen and expand FIRST partnerships with businesses, educational institutions, and communities. In doing so, the FIRST Senior Mentor program has moved FIRST closer to achieving the FIRST mission- to change society by providing youth with experiences that give them not just the skills, but also the desire, to solve problems through scientific and technological innovation.