Junior Golf: The First Tee of Massachusetts

The First Tee of Massachusetts is providing a positive learning environment for young people by providing programs that teach life skills that allow them to face challenges at home, school and play in a constructive manner.

The skills they learn include problem solving, goal setting, time management, controlling one's emotions, working well with others and improving relationships with family and community.

Here are just a few reasons why your support of The First Tee of Massachusetts goes a long way to impacting the lives of thousands of deserving youth in the Bay State. If you would like to make a difference individually or through your company, please contact Joe McCabe at jmccabe@mgalinks.org with any questions.

The First Tee of Massachusetts - A Compelling Case For Support

Mission
To impact the lives of young people in Massachusetts by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

Why The First Tee?
The First Tee of Massachusetts is providing a positive learning environment for young people by providing programs that teach life skills that allow them to face challenges at home, school and play in a constructive manner. The skills they learn include problem solving, goal setting, time management, controlling one's emotions, working well with others and improving relationships with family and community.

Who Do We Serve?
The First Tee of Massachusetts desires to work directly with young children and a committed group of coaches and volunteers in the communities surrounding its program affiliate. Proven programs already exist at program affiliates in Norton, Springfield, Lynnfield and Hyannis. At these locations and in the surrounding communities, children have access to programs that provide them with opportunities to learn valuable life skills, core values, and healthy habits while being introduced to the game of golf through a proven youth development curriculum.

Demographics from past interactions with children and youth agencies show that The First Tee of Massachusetts has nearly 50% African-American/Hispanic participants and nearly 40% all participants are female.

What makes The First Tee effective in building positive character traits in young people is The First Tee Life Skills Experience, a curriculum developed with the help of academic, sport psychology, youth development and golf experts.

  • The First Tee Life Skills Experience serves youth during after-school hours, weekends and summer months. It offers a safe and positive golf learning environment that provides an educational experience that combats summer learning loss.
  • The First Tee programs teach young people skills that allow them to face challenges at home, school and play in a constructive manner that includes problem solving, managing time, controlling one's emotions, working well with others and improving relationships with family and community.
  • The First Tee is more than just a place to learn the game of golf. It provides opportunities for young people to experience a positive, safe place surrounded by caring adults. They learn the value of giving back to their community and the meaning of responsibility and respect.
  • The goals of The First Tee are to see participants graduate from high school on time with the life skills needed to succeed in college and beyond, with the ability to make healthy choices and the desire to positively impact their communities.

Measurable Outcomes
Research from personal interviews indicates that positive youth development programs that promote a sense of physical & emotional safety enable youth to build constructive relationships and support development of social skills - like conflict resolution, leadership, and teamwork. The First Tee has proven to boost student achievement, improve high school readiness and provide extra support to those students who need it the most.

  • 100% of The First Tee participants interviewed said they transferred life skills learned at The First Tee to school. During personal interviews, 78% of The First Tee participants described their ability to transfer life skills through specific examples and stories. Skills including decision-making, self-management and goal-setting were consistently transferred to situations involving school, family, friends, jobs, college, and career and out-of-school activities.
  • The First Tee recognizes that 1 out of 4 children will drop out of high school before graduation. The First Tee is helping students to set achievable goals and realize success so they can progress through high school and into college.
  • After participating in The First Tee for three years, 73% reported high confidence in their academic ability and 82% felt confident in their social abilities with peers.

Programs

  • The First Tee Life Skills Experience serves youth during after-school hours, weekends and summer months. It offers a safe and positive golf learning environment that provides an educational experience that combats summer learning loss. Cost is not a barrier to participation as scholarships are available for young people who cannot afford to pay. The investment for The First Tee of Massachusetts per participant is approximately $50.00 and provides each participant with upward of 24 hours of program time and additional opportunities to further his/her development during non-program times. Upon completion of each program, participants are eligible to continue in their current curriculum or progress on to additional levels.
  • The First Tee National School Program is conducted during regular school hours and engages elementary-age students in a structured physical education curriculum that promotes motor skills and character development in every lesson. Main objectives include providing physical educators with the professional development opportunities to effectively teach skills, concepts, and The First Tee Nine Core Values within the school setting.  The one-time investment for The First Tee National School Program equates to $4-6 per student.
  • The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits are incorporated into both programs and are formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and participants.  The Nine Healthy Habits are organized under three categories of physical, emotional and social health.  Within these categories, topics include understanding fitness and nutrition, maintaining quality friendships, dealing with bullies, and contributing to a healthy family and community.  

Increasing Opportunities for Young People
There is a need for additional programs and opportunities for young people in our communities. Increasing the opportunity for young people to experience positive social interaction with their peers in safe places surrounded by caring adults will have positive outcomes within our communites.  Through a sustained and successful program, The First Tee will help boost student achievement, improve high school readiness and provide extra support to those students who need it the most.

The First Tee of Massachusetts Tale of the Tape

Staffing: 4 full-time staff and 20 part-time/seasonal employees

Volunteers: Currently more than 65 active volunteers serving in a variety of capacities

Locations: Currently 4 program affiliates that provide The First Tee Life Skills Experience (golf & life skills curriculum) including MGA Links at Mamantapett (Norton), Fenway Golf Range (Springfield), Reedy Meadow Golf Course (Lynnfield), Hyannis Golf Course (Hyannis). Currently have 54 Massachusetts schools (approximately 25,500 students) participating in The First Tee National School Program - curriculum of golf and life skills that is incorporated into physical education classes at the elementary school levels. Currently have programming at Hanscom Air Force Base as part of Reservist & National Guardsmen Program.

Participants: More than 65,000 since 2003 (including partnerships with over 35 Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA’s). Annually 60% male, 40% female. Ages 5-18 years old.

Highlights: Participants of The First Tee of Massachusetts have been recognized nationally for their achievements with selections to: The First Tee Life Skills & Leadership Academy, The First Tee Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum, The First Tee Scholars Program, Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, Champions of The Golf Channel Invitational for The First Tee. Additionally, participants have been featured in television programming (“The Story of Golf” and “Celebrating The First Tee”) on Golf Channel for their community service.

 

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