AmeriCorps VISTA Program

Engineering Pathways out of Poverty

Engineering Pathways out of Poverty


FIRST® is an inclusive robotics community that prepare young people for the future. Whether it is finding their people or finding their path, students gain the skills and courage to forge ahead with FIRST.

The FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) Program seeks to expand the vision of FIRST by working in areas that have been deemed underserved: lower socio-economic communities, rural areas, and areas that have little to no support or resources to be able to easily access STEM initiatives.

Strengthen Community

FIRST VISTA members work in a full-time capacity with their local site supervisors. They often work to build the capacity of FIRST by focusing on impacting underserved and underrepresented populations in the following ways:

  • Track and report out on specific performance milestones and measurements.
  • Supporting the recruitment of teams, mentors, coaches and volunteers with an emphasis on securing and sustaining support to the low income/underserved 
  • Identifying specific underserved schools and communities as locations to establish FIRST teams or sustain and grow existing teams
  • Raising awareness of grant, funding, and scholarship opportunities among underserved students, schools or teams
  • Developing and executing strategies to support the needs of local organizations that support FIRST teams in low income/underserved areas

FIRST currently has 34 VISTA members serving all over the country.
View our current VISTA members and locations

Serve With Us

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Position Details


  • Candidates should be at least 18 years of age
  • Have the ability to serve on a full time (40 hours per week) basis for one year
  • Have the ability to multi-task
  • Be a team player
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • College degree is preferred, may be required in some areas
  • Reliable transportation is required
  • Familiarity with FIRST programs is preferred but not required

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“I am very excited to serve with an organization that values STEM education and makes it accessible to students in marginalized communities.”
Heleen, FIRST® VISTA Member serving in Puerto Rico