Healthy and Positive Youth Development Programs

From birdies to triple bogeys, golf closely parallels real life as players experience the highs and lows of the game.

The First Tee helps shape the lives of kids and teens from all walks of life by introducing them to values inherent in the game of golf. Values like integrity, respect and perseverance.

You can find The First Tee junior golf and life skills programs on golf courses, in elementary schools and at other youth development organizations.

Junior Golf Lessons and So Much More 

In addition to learning fundamentals of the golf swing and the game, our character education and life skills programs help kids and teens prepare for success at school, at home and in their community.

Our Junior Golf & Life Skills Curriculum Focuses on:

  • How to manage emotions
  • How to set goals
  • How to resolve conflicts
  • How to communicate with others

The First Tee Nine Core Values

  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • Sportsmanship
     
  • Respect
  • Confidence
  • Responsibility
     
  • Perseverance
  • Courtesy
  • Judgment
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The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits

  • Energy
  • Play
  • Safety 
     
  • Vision
  • Mind
  • Family 
     
  • Friends
  • School
  • Community 
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The First Tee Code of Conduct

Respect for Myself

  • I will dress neatly and wear golf or athletic shoes.
  • I will always try my best when I play or practice.
  • I will keep a positive attitude and catch myself doing something right regardless of the outcome.
  • I will be physically active, eat well, get enough sleep and take care of myself so I can stay healthy.
  • I will be honest at all times, including when I keep score and if I break a rule.
  • I will use proper etiquette and maintain my composure even when others may not be watching.

Respect for Others

  • I will follow all instructions and safety rules.
  • I will keep up with the pace of play on the golf course.
  • I will be friendly, courteous and helpful.
  • I will remain still and quiet while others are playing and have fun without being loud and rowdy.
  • I will be a good sport toward others whether I win or lose.

Respect for my Surroundings

  • I will keep the golf course and practice areas clean and in as good or better shape than I found them.
  • I will clean and take care of my and others’ golf equipment.
  • I will be careful not to damage anything that belongs to others.

Youth Development Research Validates

Independent research confirms the youth development programs delivered through The First Tee’s chapters instill life skills and core values in youth participants. Highlights from the study include:

  • Participants unanimously identified school as a setting in which they transferred life skills.
  • 73% reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically.
  • 82% felt confident in their social skills with peers.
  • 57% credited The First Tee for their meeting and greeting skills.
  • 52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.

The First Tee's goal is to provide character education and life skills programs to help young people be successful in school and in life.