We know when youth are successful, everyone wins. It is our responsibility as parents and mentors to help teens achieve success by growing socially, athletically, emotionally and academically.
How do you know if your child is prepared to succeed? Here are seven ways to equip youth for life:
1. Provide Teens with Quality Mentors
The foundation for preparing teens to be successful in life is to connect them with healthy, positive mentors. Teens don’t care what you know until they know you care. Research shows youth who were at-risk for falling off-track but had a mentor were 55% more likely to enroll in college and 78% more likely to volunteer regularly. Mentors play valuable roles in instilling core values and life skills to teens. The most influential mentors are those who empower youth to be their own best coach.
Related: 5 Traits to Look For in a Mentor
2. Encourage a Healthy, Active Lifestyle
The most obvious benefit of physical activity is it helps develop healthy bones, joints, muscles and fend off obesity. But research also shows that a healthy, active lifestyle helps strengthen and stimulate a young person’s mind. A sport like golf also provides youth a game they can play throughout their life.
3. Build Their Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal skills enable youth to introduce themselves properly, carry on a conversation, show respect, ask for and give help, empathize with others, appreciate diversity and resolve conflicts effectively. At The First Tee, we teach practical techniques like meeting-and-greeting skills and building a Go-to Team.
4. Teach Goal-Setting Techniques
Learning to set challenging, but realistic goals is a vital skill youth must learn to be successful adults. As participants progress through The First Tee, they learn guidelines for setting reachable goals and what to do when they encounter obstacles.
5. Show Teens How to Manage Emotions
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Everyone has a bad day, makes a mistake and encounters challenges. The earlier youth learn how to manage their emotions, the easier it will be for them to handle challenges later on and develop an ability to maintain a positive outlook.
6. Instill the Value of Being a Good Student
Whether teens are pursuing higher education or straight into career path, learning is a part of life. All teens should learn the value of being a diligent student in school and on the job.
7. Guide Teens with a Set of Values to Follow
As youth follow these skills and techniques, they build character and develop values to shape their decisions. Our program focuses on The First Tee Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.
Creating Good Citizens
Our mission at The First Tee is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Through after-school and in-school programs, we help shape the lives of young people by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance.
Our research-proven programs are having a positive impact on participants, their families and their communities – even into adulthood.