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The purpose of the FIRST® Youth Protection Program is to provide coaches, mentors, event volunteers, employees, Program Delivery Partners, team members, parents, guardians of team members, and others working with FIRST programs with information, guidelines, and procedures to create safe environments for FIRST participants.

The FIRST Youth Protection Program sets minimum standards recommended for all FIRST activities. Adults working in FIRST programs must be knowledgeable of the standards set by FIRST Youth Protection Program, as well as those set by the school or organization hosting their team.

Please contact us with any questions about Youth Protection guidelines, resources, screening or to report a concern. Youth participants are encouraged to reach out to Youth Protection for support and assistance if they have any concerns about their own safety and/or treatment or that of other participants in FIRST programs.


Report a Concern

We encourage anyone participating with FIRST or attending FIRST related activities or events to report concerns to FIRST Headquarters. Click on the “Report a Concern” button below to access The FIRST Reporting Portal which provides a confidential platform to report youth protection concerns, medical incidents, or other issues. All reports are reviewed by trained staff and reporters will receive a follow up response as long as contact information is provided.

Report a Concern


Youth Protection Program Resources

FIRST Youth Protection Program Guide


Youth Protection Training

This training is intended to enable adults working with FIRST teams to recognize situations that may pose a threat to team member safety and take the actions necessary to prevent and report injuries. 

  • To view the training, you must create or sign into an account on Schoology
  • You can create free account by selecting “Sign Up” as a “STUDENT.”
  • Follow instructions, How to Join a Schoology Course with an access code
  • Use access code: Q7NS-7HRX-9SDX5

 


FIRST Code of Conduct

The FIRST mission is to inspire a generation of science and technology leaders who are both gracious and professional. This FIRST Code of Conduct lists some of the basic behaviors mentors, coaches, volunteers, team members, affiliate partners, contractors, staff, and other participants should adhere to while participating in FIRST activities.

  • Exhibit Gracious Professionalism® at all times. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. With Gracious Professionalism, fierce competition and mutual gain are not separate notions.
  • Ensure the safety of all participants in FIRST activities.
  • Not engage in any form of bullying, harassment, use of profane or insulting language, or any actual or threatened violence.
  • Adhere to all FIRST Youth Protection Program (YPP) policies.
  • Report any unsafe behavior to event or local FIRST leadership.

Persons who do not comply with this Code of Conduct may be barred from participating in FIRST activities.
 


Additional Trainings & Resources

These additional and complimentary trainings and resources can help coaches, mentors, volunteers, all FIRST participants further create an environment for team members to grow, learn, and have fun with minimal risk of injury.

Mentor Training
This training is for you if:

  • You are a former team member transitioning into a mentor role with your old team;
  • You are a former team member transitioning into a mentor role with a new team;
  • You have worked with a youth serving organization before but are new to FIRST;
  • You have never worked with a youth serving organization before; or
  • You are a veteran mentor and plan on inviting new mentors from any of the above categories to work with you and your team.

To view the training, you must create or sign into an account on Schoology. 

  • You can create free account by selecting “Sign Up” as a “STUDENT.”
  • Follow instructions here to join a Schoology course with an access code
  • Use access code: GT74RMJ8FQWPG


Team Safety Meeting Resources for Ages 6-10


More information regarding the Youth Protection screening/clearance process and what to expect:


Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Training & Resources 
As part of our commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community for all our participants, we have partnered with leading organizations to create complimentary trainings and resources on how you can inspire the youth voice, create a sense of belonging, and more. Training and resource topics include: 

  • mentor and coach training,
  • youth member training,
  • gender equity
  • disability inclusion
  • language assistance
  • and more

Training Videos

Keeping Kids Safe - for adults working with youth

Team Safety Meeting Video - High School version

Team Safety Meeting Video - Middle School version

 

 

 

 


Contact:

Lee Doucette, Manager Youth Protection Program
200 Bedford Street  |  Manchester, NH 03101  |  www.firstinspires.org
Phone: (603) 666-3906 x 250  |  safetyfirst@firstinspires.org