Plus, join us next week to celebrate the Class of '21 during FIRST Seniors’ Week & pre-order merch from the new Pride Collection
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Happy LGBTQ+ Pride Month!

Ensuring that all members of the FIRST® community feel a sense of belonging has long been a part of our equity, diversity and inclusion mission. We are proud to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people and allies by using our platform to raise awareness and highlight LGBTQ+ voices within our community, and through our new collaboration with Project THRIVE, a multi-year, collaborative effort of national organizations led by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Read more about how we are celebrating Pride Month from Dr. Janell N. Catlin, Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at FIRST, on the Inspire blog.

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Next Week: Celebrate FIRST® Graduates

Celebrate the Class of 2021 during FIRST Seniors’ Week June 7-10. Join us on FIRST social media using #FIRSTSeniors all week long to celebrate the newest class of FIRST alumni and all of the exciting things they’ll do next!

ICYMI: Introducing FIRST® FORWARDSM Presented by Qualcomm

We recently revealed our upcoming robotics season, FIRST® FORWARDSM presented by Qualcomm, giving our youth participants the power to reimagine a path forward and invent the future of transportation.

To introduce the new FIRST FORWARD season, industry leaders from FIRST Strategic Partners Amazon, The Boeing Company, Disney, FedEx, Lucasfilm, and Qualcomm joined FIRST Founder Dean Kamen in a new marquee video showing first-hand why the future of transportation is important and how the FIRST community is reimagining the future.


Watch now.

Team and Class Pack registration for the 2021-2022 season is open now in the FIRST Dashboard.

Reflecting on and Celebrating Your Impact

During this time of season-culminating celebration and looking ahead in the FIRST community, Director of Corporate Partnerships & Individual Giving Cassie McIntyre reflects on and thanks all who supported FIRST programs and made this season possible for our youth participants. Read more on the Inspire blog

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Resource Library Update: 2021 Off-Season Event Guidance

As previously announced, Off-Season Events for the FIRST community will begin July 1. If you are a Host Organization considering hosting an Off-Season Event, please carefully review the guidelines and complete the Off-Season Event Notice available now in the Resource Library.

Show Your Pride!

Show your pride and support of the LGBTQ+ community with exclusive Pride merch, now available for pre-order on the FIRST Store. A portion of all purchase proceeds will be used to advance Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion initiatives at FIRST. Shop now to pre-order your pride swag.
OUR VISION: “ transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”
— Dean Kamen, Founder