Polk State College’s, Central Florida Robotics, is proud to work with the FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA Program in Central Florida. FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members work in low-income and low-resource communities to facilitate access to FIRST STEM programs.

The VISTA program at FIRST strives to match an AmeriCorps VISTA to our field structure in support of teams within under-served communities. The FIRST AmeriCorps VISTA mission is to expand the vision of FIRST by working in areas that have been deemed under-served: lower socio-economic communities, rural areas, and areas that have little to no support or resources to be able to easily access STEM initiatives. Our VISTAs work in a full-time capacity with Central Florida Robotics, closely supporting teams broadly while also working to build the capacity of FIRST by focusing on impacting under-served and underrepresented populations. Our VISTAs are working on:

  • Raising awareness of FIRST

  • Recruiting Mentors/Coaches/Volunteers

  • Supporting Mentors/Coaches/Volunteers

  • Recruiting students to FIRST Teams

  • Raising funds for FIRST Teams/Programs

  • Providing capacity-building services to organizations that serve underserved communities

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