FIRST® volunteers deliver the future.

As part of our global robotics community, FIRST volunteers empower millions of youth to embrace discovery, innovation, and collaboration. They work side by side with FIRST participants to build their leadership and problem-solving skills and foster self-confidence. FIRST volunteers create a path forward for the next generation and inspire young people to make a positive impact on their communities and the world. Together, we are elevating innovators and technology leaders who will build a better future for all.

Let's move FIRST® FORWARDSM, full speed ahead.

Volunteer Trainings

  • Volunteering with FIRST is an introductory learning module for mentors, coaches, and event volunteers that explores what FIRST is and what it means to volunteer with FIRST.
  • Remote Mentoring with FIRST is a brief simulation training that explores the fundamentals of remote meetings for mentors and coaches.
  • Mentoring and Coaching with FIRST is a cross-program training module designed for new and prospective mentors and coaches that will allow you to develop a deeper understanding of the expectations of the role and where to find support.   

Subscribe to the Volunteer Newsletter

Receive the latest news for FIRST volunteers including resources and exciting opportunities for volunteering.

Check out recent editions here!

Learn more about volunteering with FIRST!

Volunteer with FIRST® Robotics Competition

Volunteer with FIRST® Tech Challenge

Volunteer with FIRST® LEGO® League

Register to Volunteer

Experience FIRST programs in action

Impact the next generation of changemakers! Volunteering with FIRST is an amazing opportunity for you to be energized, feel fulfilled, and have FUN. You’ll be inspired when you join our community and feel the energy and excitement that our programs bring to students and adults alike.

Event Volunteers

FIRST® hosts more than 3,600 events around the globe a year. These events are made possible through the support of event volunteers. There are various event volunteer roles ranging from fun squads and safety glass monitoring to judging, emcees and referees. Find information about FIRST programs, volunteer resources, opportunities, and more!

Mentors and Coaches

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.

Build up the next generation of innovators as a FIRST mentor or coach.

General Volunteer Resources

Looking for instructions, descriptions, policies, and forms to ease you into your volunteer experience? This general volunteer resources page has a number of documents to help support FIRST volunteers in their event volunteer journey.

FIRST Volunteer Recognition

Thank you, FIRST® volunteers! 

Because of your commitment to making a difference as a FIRST volunteer, the global movement for a better future is growing.

Teams & Events
Find Teams & Events in your area.
Our high-tech spectator events are a unique melding of STEM principles and exciting competition. Join us and experience the ultimate Sport for the Mind™. Events are free and open to the public.
FIRST Volunteers agree: it’s easy to get started, and impossible to stop! Whether you have a weekend to help, want to mentor for a length of time, have technical or non-technical expertise, there is a volunteer role suited to your unique interest.

FIRST Strategic Partners