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  1. January Team Webinars
  2. Announcing Build the Future powered by Star Wars: Force for Change
  3. Application Open for FIRST® Certified Trainers
  4. 2021 FIRST Annual Impact Report Available Now
  5. Take Advantage of the FIRST® Mentor Network
 
January Team Webinars
We’re hosting a variety of team webinars to help make your FIRST® Tech Challenge season easier! Here’s what’s coming up; call information and webinar links below:
 
Announcing Build the Future powered by Star Wars: Force for Change
We’re thrilled to announce a new initiative with Disney and Lucasfilm, introducing Build the Future powered by Star Wars: Force for Change. We are showcasing how students on FIRST Tech Challenge teams are working together to be forces for good in their communities.
 
How will your team help build a better, more inclusive future for everyone? Share your team’s story on Twitter or Instagram with #BuildtheFuture, or submit your story on firstinspires.org/build-the-future, for the chance to be featured.
 
Application Open for FIRST® Certified Trainers
Due to the continued excitement and growth of our FIRST Certified Professional Development, we are looking for more dynamic educators to become FIRST Certified Trainers to deliver Professional Development sessions. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 4, 2022. Learn more about the requirements and qualifications and apply. Please pass this application on to anyone you know who would be interested.
 
2021 FIRST Annual Impact Report Available Now
The 2021 FIRST Annual Impact Report, highlighting our 2020-2021 sports and fitness-themed season, FIRST GAME CHANGERSSM powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is now available to view and download. Featuring a message from FIRST leadership and powerful impact data and stories – including spotlights on game-changing FIRST Tech Challenge teams – Our Game-Changing Year shows how our global robotics community rallied to inspire young people to go on to better our world and the culture around our Sport for the Mind™ grew stronger. View and share the interactive report.
 
Take Advantage of the FIRST Mentor Network 
Are you in need of additional support this season? The FIRST Mentor Network sponsored by NI is an interactive platform where you can post your teams’ needs and search for and message mentors who have the skill set and expertise to help your team for a meeting, a project, or a season. Build a team profile highlighting your successes, goals, and desired mentor skill sets and experience. If you’re already signed up, message potential mentors and make connections. You’ll be able to quickly find and communicate with FIRST-verified mentors to provide you and your team with expertise and collaboration. Through more powerful mentoring relationships, your team will learn to make a positive impact on your community and the world. Create your profile today!