Mentors and Coaches

FIRST® mentors and coaches support over 679,000 students across the globe a year. 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. 


Join one of our 50,000 teams across the world or start your own team to build up the next generation of innovators as a FIRST mentor or coach. Volunteering with FIRST as a coach or mentor. 


As a mentor or coach you can:

  • Teach others what you know
  • Be inspired by the students
  • Give back to your community
  • Build your own skills and resume


Whether you have technical or non-technical skills and talents to share, you are valued as a mentor or coach.  Our mentors and coaches are: 

  • People from all backgrounds and disciplines who share their knowledge, whether it is technical or non-technical. 
  • Someone who supports the team with subject matter expertise on an as needed basis including assisting the team with topics such as programming questions, building skills, scholarships, business management, marketing, or fundraising. 
  • Someone who contributes on a weekly basis facilitating team meetings, helping the team set realistic goals and coordinate their work. 
  • An adviser who helps foster Gracious Professionalism® and FIRST Core Values in the students


Want more information about how to become a mentor or coach? Head to our Mentor/Coach checklist


The FIRST Mentor Network

From finding their people to finding their path, mentors help students gain the skills and confidence to forge ahead and build their future with FIRST.  And now, more than ever, we need to empower and foster the next generation of innovators to feel hopeful and build a better future. The FIRST Mentor Network is an interactive platform allowing mentors to find FIRST teams to work with virtually or face to face, locally or across the country, for a few hours or for a season. Learn more and create your mentor profile today!

Explore the FIRST Mentor Network

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