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Florida FIRST Advocacy

Florida FIRST Advocacy

Advocacy is the ongoing process of building relationships. Elected officials need to know the value of experiences like FIRST programs for equipping the next generation of Florida’s leaders.

 

Be the voice for the 13,000 Florida students participating in FIRST programs!

 
In the stands at a FIRST Tech Challenge ROBOT League meet, Florida Senator Kelli Stargel and RISE Institute Director Jennifer Canady discuss the benefits of FIRST programs for Florida students.

In the stands at a FIRST Tech Challenge ROBOT League meet, Florida Senator Kelli Stargel and RISE Institute Director Jennifer Canady discuss the benefits of FIRST programs for Florida students.

Please join us for the Florida FIRST Advocacy Conference March 19-21, 2019 in Tallahassee. The training is intended for high school students and select, mature older middle schoolers participating actively on FTC and FRC teams. Space is limited to 40.

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FIRST in Florida & DC

Modeled after the FIRST National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC, the Florida FIRST Advocacy Conference will equip students to communicate effectively with their elected representatives. The organizers, RISE Robotics from Lakeland Christian School, were the only Florida team to participate in the FIRST National Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC in the summer of 2018. Team RISE was inspired to bring training back to Florida to share with other FIRST teams.

 
RISE Institute students interact with elected officials and drive robots at the 2018 FIRST National Advocacy Conference in Washington DC.
 

The focus of the FlRST Florida Advocacy Conference is on grassroots strategies to build positive relationships with decision makers, impacting increased availability of FIRST, particularly in underserved populations. A partnership with the Florida Commission on the Status of Women's LEAD Summit will connect FIRST students to a broad coalition of leaders from organizations across the state of Florida while in Tallahassee. The goal is to empower students to participate effectively in the legislative process.