In order for Team 971 to be sustainable, provide an enriching experience for both students and mentors and become a world class team the following leadership structure was made affective on June 1, 2012.
FIRST Team 971 leadership consists of a Leadership Council composed of the following:
The club advisor is authorized to recruit and empower willing students and adults to perform various functions on the team.
The Leadership Council meets twice per month during off season and once a week during build and competition season or more often as required.
Leadership Council meetings are open to the entire team. The Leadership Council will consider input from others on the team before making any decisions.
Every effort is made to make decisions by consensus but the Club Advisor has veto power over any decision.
The responsibilities of the Leadership Council are:
Note 1: The role of every adult on the team is to create a positive experience with the students while at the same time modeling Gracious Professionalism and guiding the students towards the vision of FIRST.
Each of the student leaders will take on responsibilities from the list in 4.4 above. Each student will be paired up with an adult mentor to guide them in their tasks. If necessary other students can be recruited to lead certain areas. The students will be empowered to take on as much responsibility as they wish to take. The role of the mentor is to guide, encourage and in (hopefully rare) circumstances, take up the slack when a task is not being completed.
Every student joining the team will be assigned a role or multiple roles. The Leadership Council will take an active role in talking to all students about the best fit for their particular talents and aspirations and in making assignments accordingly. Each sub-group will be assigned an adult mentor to help guide and lead the group.