FIRST Mentor Life

Articles on how to run a FIRST robotics team and not lose your mind by mentors from the FIRST community.

Organization

Good organization means a more efficient team.  Tips to maximize your team’s organizational processes and structure.

Financial

Non-Profit finance is complicated, especially if not familiar with 501(c)3 reporting and record-keeping experience

Community Building

To meet the goals of your mission and you need partners in your community. Creating effective relationships requires a concerted effort.  

Communications

Internal and external communications can smooth the path for your efforts and help you to to communicate your message and meet your goals.  

Outreach

Community outreach is the cornerstone of building the FIRST community.  How can you maximize your intent and outcomes? 

Mental Health

FIRST is the hardest fun and student or mentor can have.  It can be exhausting, but also equally rewarding.  Let’s talk about self care!

About FIRST Mentor Life

The three of us found ourselves answers a lot of the same questions and answering them over and over.  Coming together, we thought there must be a better format than answering the same questions over and over in various forums.  Our answer was this repository of articles.

Over the years, Wendy, Joyce and Elise have each served as both mentors and team leads of Hall of Fame 1902 Exploding Bacon founded in 2006.

Building this community team and assisting others in their journey has provided us with a wide array of experience that we have found has also consistently benefitted other teams.

Upcoming Events

FIRST Championship 2022 WORKSHOP

How to run a Sustainable FIRST robotics team and not lose your mind.

Running a youth development organization these days includes a lot of moving parts: complex and challenging issues that can be stressful. Whether you are a veteran/rookie mentor or a team parent, you can always use some inspiration along the way.   This workshop will provide some non-technical practical tips and takeaways to improve your team’s efficiency and effectiveness.  All three presenters come with years of practical team leadership experience from all levels of FIRST. They will share relatable challenges and the solutions they implemented that made their experiences more enjoyable.

Mark your calendar to join us….
Friday, April 22, 2022 |
10:30am – 11:20pm | Room Location: 310 C

Recent Articles

How to Run a Sustainable Team and Not Lose Your Mind

FIRSTChampionship 2022 WORKSHOP How to run a Sustainable FIRST robotics team and not lose your mind. Running a youth development organization these days includes a lot of moving parts: complex and challenging issues that can be stressful. Whether you are a...

Helping youth navigate and self-advocate within FIRST

The hardest thing for youth to go through and understand is that being different is not a setback, but a strength.  Navigating FIRST and where the youth fits in is part of a mentor’s responsibility, but also the students.  Students should feel comfortable with all...

Building a Functional Team Handbook

There are a variety of documents a team may need to have to simply exist.  A club form or charter proclaiming that you do exist within a group, bylaws with the rules to protect and run the organization, but what should a handbook have to be useful to the members of...