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FIRST Mentor Network

Feb 23, 2022 Written by the FIRST Volunteer Resources Team




We want all FIRST® Robotics Competition teams and team members to feel successful as you engage in team meetings, the next iteration of your competition robot, competitions, and a brighter future, but you may not always have the resources you need close by. That’s why we created FIRST® Mentor Network sponsored by NI. The community platform provides new and returning FIRST teams access to passionate, engaged mentors, while giving mentors the opportunity to use their unique skill sets and have meaningful involvement with one or more teams.

With the added and ongoing complications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the FIRST Mentor Network has proven to be a great resource for teams to connect virtually and in-person with mentors. The new employer feature also allows teams to see a mentor’s listed employer and make a connection with industry experts and organizations that actively support FIRST.

Whether your FIRST Robotics Competition team needs support for fundraising, branding, or robot-building, you can find one or more of the 900 mentors across the U.S. and Canada. These mentors offer both technical and non-technical skills, come from across the U.S. and Canada, and are available and ready to help.

To get started, teams should create a post by having your lead mentor access the platform from their FIRST Dashboard, and build a team profile.* The profile should highlight your successes, goals, and desired mentor skill sets and experience. After creating the profile, your lead mentor can find and communicate with FIRST YPP (Youth Protection Program) verified mentors to provide your team with expertise and collaboration. Through more powerful mentor relationships, your team will learn to use their collective skills to make a positive impact on each other, in their community, and even the world. Create your team profile today!

*FIRST Mentor Network is only available to teams in U.S.A and Canada. All participants of the FIRST Mentor Network must be at least 18 years old and complete FIRST youth protection screening.

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