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FIRST engages thousands of adult Team Mentors and Coaches volunteering with young people ages 6-18. Team Mentors and Coaches work side-by-side with our FIRST teams to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. They have a variety of backgrounds, but all share in the FIRST commitment to inspiring in young people, their schools, and communities, an appreciation of science and technology, and how mastering these can enrich the lives of all. The time needed for a Team Mentor or Coach will vary with the program selected but generally these positions would require a 6-month commitment to team support. Find out What Events and Teams Are in Your Area.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
Regional Competitions take place Thursday through Saturday each week throughout the month of March. Each event requires a 1-4 day volunteer commitment. The Championship event takes place in April of each year. FIRST events are an exciting and fun-filled opportunity to see youth in action, applying the knowledge and skills developed through team participation. Each competition event depends on an abundance of volunteers with a broad spectrum of talents to support operating needs and competition demands. FIRST continually seeks more individuals to help.
FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
Events will be conducted October through March with the Championship to be held in April of each year in St. Louis.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL)
Local qualifying events and state tournaments occur between November and January each year. The FLL World Festival Event coincides with the FRC Championship held in April of each year in St. Louis.
Find out more about signing up for the FRC FIRST Championship Event, the FLL World Festival, and the FTC World Championship Event. All programs will follow the FRC guidelines for registering.
Organizing Committee Volunteers
The work of volunteers serving on FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Robotics Competition, and FIRST Tech Challenge Organizing Committees provides the foundation for FIRST events. From fundraising to volunteer recruitment, the responsibilities of the Committee are varied, and are critical to ensuring the success of an event. These are year round volunteer positions. For more information email us at
FIRST Lego League (FLL) Operational Partners
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) relies on volunteers to run the program and manage a region. We call our volunteers in each region FLL Operational Partners, or FLL Partners, and FLL would not exist without them. Teams and partners can be assured that the Operational Partner in their region is well prepared to suport the program and them.
FLL Partners fundraise, run tournaments, hold workshops and demonstrations, market FLL locally, handle public relations, and recruit volunteers and teams. Our FLL Partners maintain certain standards relative to tournaments, the Challenge, and overall program administration. Some FLL Partners are affiliated with major corporations that support FIRST and FLL. Others are based in non-profits or universities that have complementary missions to FLL. For all FLL Partners, their most important goal is to share the FLL program with as many individuals as possible.
Interested in learning more about becoming an Operational Partner? This process usually takes about a year to establish, using a specific set of criteria and working with representatives from FIRST and LEGO to ensire success for teams, volunteers, and the overall program. Please contact FIRST to start the process.
Volunteer Opportunities in Your Area
To find out where and when there may be volunteer opportunities at FIRST events near you, go to the section of our website.