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No Robotics Experience Required!

 Volunteer for an Event

FIRST Chesapeake volunteers are the key to inspiring today’s youth to become tomorrow’s innovators and technology leaders. Whether you have technical or non-technical expertise, there is a volunteer role for you!


Why volunteer? 

  • Make a difference in the lives of young people
  • Encourage youth in STEM activities
  • Network with like-minded professionals 
  • Inspire today's youth to be tomorrow's innovation leaders
  • Be a part of an amazing community 
  • Learn new skills
  • Enjoy the excitement and sport of robotics competition

Click Here For More Inspiring Photos of Our Volunteers!


Which role is right for me?

  • Some volunteer positions require technical skills, but many simply require enthusiasm and willingness to help support FIRST. All roles come with training and a supportive community. 
  • See the types of volunteer roles available for this season:

 Take our Matchmaker quiz to see what role is best for you!



How Do I Volunteer? 


Returning Volunteers

New Volunteers

  • Welcome! We are delighted that you will be contributing your time and enthusiasm to FIRST!
  • Step 1 - Create an account with FIRST .
    • Go to this link and create your new account, which will give you access to the FIRST Dashboard.
  • Step 2 - YPP Screening
    • Follow the directions for the Youth Protection Program screening.  All FIRST volunteers must be screened.
  • Step 3- Create your profile 
  • Step 4 - Apply to volunteer
    • Log into your Dashboard to apply for an event.
  • Step 5 - Confirmation
    • You will receive a confirmation email with your role assignment 2-3 weeks prior to the event. 
  • Volunteer Requirements-
    • Event volunteers must be at least 13 years old
    • Parent/guardian permission required for all volunteers under 18
    • For high school students looking for community service hours, the on-site Volunteer Coordinator can complete forms at competition.


For additional assistance, please consult the following resources:


 Want to be a part of the action?

Check back late summer/early fall to view 2022-23 FTC Event dates

Check back late summer/early fall to view the 2023 FRC Event dates




Mentor a Team 

Mentors are individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines who work side by side with students to share their knowledge and help guide them through the season.  Many mentors contribute weekly during competition season. 

Sample Mentor Roles

Non-technical Technical
• Project Manager Mentor • Robot Programming (C++, Java, or Labview)
• Scholarship Mentor • Electrical Engineering
• Marketing Mentor • Mechanical Engineering
• Finance Mentor  







The NEW 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!


Question about volunteering or mentoring? Contact us at 


Does Your Company Support Volunteerism? 

Are you interested is learning more about Dollars for Doers or Company

Matching Gift ProgramsGo to this page to see if your employer

participates, or for help designating FIRST Chesapeake as your employer's

giving program beneficiary.



Thank You!

We appreciate all the amazing people who volunteered their time, support,

and enthusiasm during the 2021-2022 season!


Gold Circle Volunteer Award Winners for 2021-2022



The past year has brought out the best in so many FIRST Chesapeake volunteers that it was impossible to recognize just one "Volunteer of the Year.” Instead, we have created a special award celebrating the outstanding contributions of several FTC or FRC volunteers. 
The GOLD CIRCLE VOLUNTEER AWARD recognizes volunteers who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of FIRST Chesapeake. Volunteers were nominated by other volunteers, team members, coaches and mentors.


Pankaj Oberoi
 Paul Merkham
Kevin Pardus
Arlene Lantz
Andrew Magaletti
Phil Malone
Steve Shade
Denis Furtalev



 Interested in learning about volunteering for other FIRST programs? 
FIRST LEGO League Challenge program in Maryland
FIRST LEGO League in Virginia and Washington, DC



Inclement Weather


In case of Inclement Weather the day of
a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
Please call (804) 404-6653
after 5am for updates