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FIRST Event Volunteer Checklist (All Programs) Jun. 2 2020| 0 KB

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As a FIRST® event volunteer, there is a lot to know about how to get started volunteering with FIRST and how to prepare yourself to be an effective FIRST volunteer. “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Research has proven that checklists can help improve processes and eliminate mistakes.

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Please use this checklist to help guide you through your journey as a FIRST volunteer.

FIRST Event Volunteer Checklist

  • New to FIRST? Learn More!

  • Register to Volunteer for a FIRST Event

  • Brand new to FIRST?

  • Already have a FIRST account?

    • Log in to your FIRST account.
      • Click on the Volunteer Registration tab.
      • Sign up for an event or apply to a program to let FIRST know you are interested in volunteer opportunities in your area.
      • Complete your free background screening if not already complete (US & Canada).
        • Screening status can be accessed under your profile on the top right of the FIRST Dashboard.
  • Under age 18 or already registered as a FIRST student?

    Volunteers must be at least 13 years old to create an account on firstinspires.org and volunteer at an event. If you are not currently on a team or registered under your parent/guardian's account, you can follow this process to create your own account.

    • Create an account.
    • Apply to an event or program in the Volunteer Registration tab.
    • Fill out profile and volunteer information.
    • Select your availability and choice of volunteer roles.
    • Click on the Consent and Release Form and follow instructions to invite your parent or guardian to electronically sign the form on your behalf.
  • If you are a student already registered under your parent/guardian’s account, you can use the same email address to log in to your own account and volunteer. On the FIRST login page, select “forgot password”. Follow the directions in the email sent to you to access your account and follow these steps:

    • Apply to an event or program in the Volunteer Registration tab.
    • Fill out profile and volunteer information.
    • Select your availability and choice of volunteer roles.
    • Click on the Consent and Release Form and follow instructions to invite your parent or guardian to electronically sign the form on your behalf (if not already completed).
  • Next Steps After Registering

    • You will receive a volunteer assignment email from your volunteer or event coordinator when you are assigned to a role.
    • If you have not been assigned or received any information about your role, you can message the volunteer coordinator for any event to which you have applied. See page 10 of the Volunteer Registration User Guide for more information on how to do that.
    • Your volunteer role may require additional training. You will receive information and access to role-specific training.
    • Communications will mainly come from event organizers or volunteer coordinators. They will be available to answer all your questions prior to and during the event. Once registered as a volunteer, communications may also be sent from your local Program Delivery Partner and FIRST Headquarters.
    • You will receive training specific to your assigned volunteer role either before or on the morning of the event. You should receive communications from your event organizer about whether training is required.
    • Generally, at a full-day or multi-day FIRST event, a volunteer lounge with food and refreshments away from the crowd will be provided for the day to show our appreciation for your time and to help reenergize you. If you have special dietary needs, you may need to alert your coordinator or bring your own refreshments. (Not available at all events.)
  • Training and Resources Event Volunteers Should Know About

    These resources cover many aspects of volunteering for FIRST, such as registering to volunteer, using features of the Volunteer Registration system, completing your Youth Protection screening, accessing FIRST volunteer policies, and more!

    • Volunteering with FIRST
      • Check out this introductory learning module for mentors, coaches, and event volunteers that explores what FIRST is and what it means to volunteer with FIRST. Share this one with a friend!
         
    • Strategies for Inspiring Success for All
      • FIRST has collaborated with the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) to develop training for coaches, mentors, volunteers, partners, and other key stakeholders who work directly with students and are committed to creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable teams. We know that culture shapes our biases and beliefs about people based on their age, gender, race, language, (dis)ability, or income level, often without our realization. This three-part training module can equip us for this work.
         
    • FIRST  Volunteer Handbook
      • Did you know we have a FIRST Volunteer Handbook? As a FIRST volunteer, you are part of a global community supporting FIRST youth in developing their skills and building tomorrow. This handbook is full of everything you ever wanted to know about volunteering with FIRST!

    • FIRST  Volunteer Customer Service Training
      • We rely on our volunteers for help in providing inspiration, safety, support, and a positive experience to our customers. This presentation provides an overview of the components that can help us achieve a rich and rewarding experience for all.

    • Volunteer Registration User Guide
      • Frequently asked questions regarding the Volunteer Registration system. 

    • Subscribe to the FIRST Volunteer Newsletter
      • Stay up to date on the latest news for FIRST volunteers, including resources and exciting opportunities for volunteering.
         
    • General Volunteer Resources Library Page
      • These resources cover many aspects of volunteering for FIRST, such as registering to volunteer, using features of the Volunteer Registration system, completing your Youth Protection screening, accessing FIRST volunteer policies, and more!

    • Volunteer Experience Digital Content
      • Exclusive digital swag for FIRST volunteers.

Program-Specific Event Volunteer Resources

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