Running a FIRST team may be the most rewarding thing you every do. It may also be the most draining. The strain and demands of competition, interpersonal relations, non-profit financial concerns, youth protection, data policy, etc… is often much more than what someone expects when they step up to run a FIRST team. Nevertheless, it is the reality.
Thankfully, so is the reward of providing opportunities for amazing young people who have the capacity to change the world. We hope that our experiences and that of our guest bloggers will help to provide you with the information you need to more efficiently run your team, and spend more time doing what you stepped up to do: Impact kids’ lives.
It has been my privilege to watch generations of students enter into FIRST shy and self-conscious and consistently grow to become confident men and women who can identify, communicate and pursue their goals to make their impact.
FIRST is not just for the kids to grow and learn new skills, it is also a place for adults to discover new ideas; innovate ways to expand the young minds in STEM, business and the arts; impact your community in different ways; include everyone and help them achieve their individual goals; and to be part of a team that turn into family.
I want FIRST to be there for those students who continue to search for that group of people to laugh and grow with, to find opportunities to pursue their dreams and make their impact.
To be a trusted platform of resources from a variety of experiences to assist with the sustainability of FIRST teams.
Provide mentors of FIRST teams quality direction and resources to overcome todays challenges so they can focus on providing a quality student experience.