Saturday, January 2, 2010

First Tee Winter Program

The First Tee is a program of the World Golf Foundation. The program provides youth from age seven to seventeen an opportunity to develop character education, life-enhancing skills and values, through the fame of golf. Through the First Tee Life Skills experience, youths participating in the program learn valuable lessons and life skills, including: the importance of maintaining a positive attitude; how to make decisions by thinking about the possible consequences; and how to define and set goals. In addition, and of central importance to the program, participants are taught how values such as honesty, integrity, responsibility, respect, confidence, judgment, perseverance, courtesy and sportsmanship apply to every day life.

Utilizing a curriculum based on established educational and psychological principles and taught by highly qualified and skilled instructors, The First Tee is having significant success in capitalizing on golf's ability to teach core human character values to the young people who participate in our program. We provide lessons that not only will have a lasting positive influence on their character and their lives, but also will educate and motivate them to become responsible and productive members of their communities.

The young people proceed through 3 levels of formal Life Skills instruction: Par, Birdie, and Eagle. The Par level focuses on fundamental communication and self-management skills. The Birdie level deals primarily with goal-setting. The Eagle level provides participants with advanced instruction and practice in mastering Par and Birdie level skills, as well as conflict management, mentoring, and career planning. To progress in the program, participants must demonstrate that they understand and can apply the core life skills by answering written questions and performing various skills for an instructor. When they meet the certification requirements, the children progress to the next level.

The First Tee is offering full Winter Program scholarships ($100 value) to some of our mentees. If you feel that your mentee would benefit from enrollment in this program, please contact your case manager (Juliana or Teresa) for more information. Class schedules are as follows:

Municipal Golf Course (3500 McCaw Ave.)
Ages 7 - 10:
Tuesdays (January 12th to March 2nd) from 3:30 to 5 PM
Ages 11 and up:
Thursdays (January 14th to March 4th) from 3:30 to 5 PM

Twin Lakes Golf Course (6034 Hollister Ave.)
All Ages:
Thursdays (January 14th to March 11th) from 3:30 to 5 PM
Saturdays (January 16th to March 13th) from 8 to 9:30 AM

Mentors can stay and encourage and support their mentees during that time.

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