It’s that time of year again: FIRST is HIRING!
If you answered “Yes” to all four questions, then you might be a perfect fit for our FIRST VISTA position!
About For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology: FIRSTⓇ was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. With a National Headquarters based in Manchester, NH, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people (pre-K-12) to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. The FIRSTAmeriCorps VISTA program places VISTA members in strategic locations to support FIRST programs nationwide.
FIRSTⓇ VISTA Members work to:
Qualifications: Candidates should possess strong organizational skills, proven ability to meet deadlines, have the ability to multi-task, be a team player, and have excellent communication skills. College degree preferred. Reliable transportation required. Familiarity with FIRST programs is preferred but not required.
Program Benefits: Training, Relocation Allowance, use of FIRST VISTA computer during service term, expense account, Health Benefit Plan*, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend upon completion of service, Childcare assistance if eligible, Living Allowance.
*For details about AmeriCorps VISTA Health Benefit Plan, please visit http://www.vistacampus.gov/healthcare
Applications must be filled out at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=50639&fromSearch=true to be considered for the position. Or go to my.americorps.gov and search listings for "FIRST VISTA-Nationwide"
FIRST Chesapeake/ VirginiaFIRST is moving offices the week of August 28th. We will still be in the same complex but in a different building (in Mechanicsville, VA).
We need able-bodied volunteers to help us get stuff from one space to another!
This is a great opportunity to earn needed service hours for orgs such as National Honor Society or Scouts. We'd be glad to sign off on your paperwork. Come out as a team!
Please contact Glen Davis at email@example.com or (804) 928-3506 if you can lend a hand.
FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION 2018 SEASON- SAVE THE DATES
FIRST Chesapeake District Events
Teams, through the generosity of several sponsors, we are pleased to let you know of the following FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) grants available. Grant criteria, application instructions, as well as deadlines are included. Please pay careful attention to each as they vary with each grant. GOOD LUCK!
*REMINDER* - The FTC season starts early this year. Be sure to get your team(s) registered for the Relic Recovery season so you don't miss out on any of the fun!
Rookie and Veteran teams can apply for registration grants ($275) through FIRST. Rookie (new) teams can apply for a $275 registration grant, and another $275 to use in the FIRST product storefront. This is a needs based grant, and preference will be given to Title I schools. Not sure of your Title I status? Check the Virginia Department of Education website.
Application available here.
Very important note: FIRST grants are applied directly to your team account and are not reimbursable. If you are planning to apply for a FIRST registration grant DO NOT pay your season registration fee until you are notified of your award status.
II. Rockwell Collins
This grant places special emphasis on rookie and 2nd year teams, particularly those in rural and underserved areas, and those with a high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch programs. Funds must be used for direct expenses associated with the 2017-2018 FTC competition season.
Application available here. Deadline: September 18, 2017
III. Newport News Shipbuilding
Funding is available for teams in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Teams must be located in the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Surry, York or the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, or Williamsburg.
This grant places a special emphasis on FTC teams that need assistance with registration fees and/or travel/lodging expenses. Funding levels will not exceed $1,000 and must be used for expenses associated with the 2017-2018 FTC competition season.
Application available here. Deadline: September 1, 2017
Save the date! September 9 - SEASON KICK OFF / GAME REVEAL / WORKSHOP
In order to streamline our communications, we will be focusing our efforts on the FIRST Chesapeake @FIRSTChesapeake Twitter page and deleting the VirginiaFIRST @VirginiaFIRST Twitter account the week of June 26th. Beginning July 1st, the current FIRST Chesapeake Twitter feed will relay information about both the FIRST Chesapeake District FRC program and the Virginia FTC program.
Unfortunately Twitter accounts cannot be merged.
Please tell your coaches and mentors, teammates, friends, families, and sponsors so they can switch as well.