Thursday, November 05, 2015

NYCFIRST Update: Volunteers Needed for ALL Borough Qualifiers


You are receiving this email because you have in the past volunteered for our amazing organization FIRST.  We are once again having several upcoming FLL Borough Qualifiers, beginning in January 2016 (dates below).  We will also be conducting a series of FLL Judge & Referee trainings , dates will be forthcoming in another communication next week. In the meanwhile we are in DIRE need of volunteers for our events and would like to get the ball rolling with registering volunteers as early as possible.    Would be great to see you all again and also, please include your friends and family. The more the merrier.

Please see the event information below, sign up and select an event through the Volunteer Information Management System (VIMS) and contact me (or the volunteer coordinators) if you have any questions or concerns.  

I have also included links about the various FIRST programs below the event information in case you would like to learn more.  

Step 1  - Register in VIMS

If you need help, a VIMS User Guide can be found here:

All of our event volunteers need to register with our national volunteer database, as everyone needs to be screened through our Youth Protection Program (

Step 2 - Within VIMS, please select an event (or even multiple events) listed below:

FIRST Lego League FLL (FLL)
NYC FLL Volunteer Coordinator:
Elizabeth Almonte -

January 16th CCNY (Manhattan) - Day of Lead will be Ivan Estevez
January 31st Ryan MiddleSchool 216 (Queens) - Day of Lead Peter Xanthus
February 6th Xaverian High School (Brooklyn) Day of Leads - Meliisa Trachtenberg & James Schreiner
February 6th Horace Mann (Bronx) - Day of Leads - Al Davis & Jason Torres
February 20th The Dalton School (Manhattan) - Day of Lead Rob C.

Step 3 - A volunteer coordinator or event lead will contact you with details once you are assigned to an event!

What is NYC FIRST about?

Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.

NYC FIRST (, the local affiliate of US FIRST (, has four programs where teams are presented with challenges and engineer robots to solve specific tasks.  But it's more than the robot - in addition to the problem-solving, engineering and technology skills young people develop, they also hone lifelong capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.  

Our programs:

Jr. FIRST Lego League (Jr.FLL)
(ages 6-9; Grades 1-3)

FIRST Lego League (FLL)
(ages 9-12; Grades 4-8)

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC)
(ages 12-18; Grades 7-12)

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns; I can direct you to the right person.

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Almonte
FIRST NYC Volunteer Coordinator

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