There are many organizations, public and private, that respect the values golf can teach young people. Our allied organizations have provided The First Tee with guidance and support in a variety of ways.
America’s Promise Alliance
Founded in 1997, the Alliance is made up of nonprofit groups, corporations, community leaders, charitable foundations, policymakers, faith-based organizations, individuals and others that believe children must have access to fundamental education, life and health resources to succeed at home, in school and in the community. The Alliance identifies Five Promises which serve as a guidepost to focus and help the nation’s at-risk youth experience healthier and more productive lives:
- Caring adults who are actively involved as parents, teachers, mentors, coaches and neighbors
- Safe places that offer constructive use of time
- A healthy start and healthy development
- Effective education that builds marketable skills
- Opportunities to help others by making a difference through service
For more information, visit www.americaspromise.org.
The Dennis Walters Golf Show
World renowned trick shot artist and paraplegic golfer Dennis Walters is an inspiration to all. During nearly 100 Dennis Walters Golf Shows throughout 2012, he will help communicate the mission and values of The First Tee. He will also make a special guest appearances at five chapters of The First Tee. Learn more at www.denniswalters.com.
Executive Women’s Golf Association – EWGA
The EWGA exists to connect women to learn, play and enjoy golf for business and for fun. Since its inception in 1991, the EWGA has served as a portal to golf and touched the lives of tens of thousands of women. EWGA has Chapters throughout the United States, along with international Chapters in Canada, Bermuda, South Africa and Italy. They offer a wide range of organized golf activities, learning programs, volunteer, social and networking opportunities for both novice and experienced golfers.
For more information, visit www.ewga.com
GreatSchools is a national nonprofit that helps parents get a great education for their children. Its programs combine the broad reach of digital media with the power of community partnerships.
Its Webby award-winning website, GreatSchools.org, helps families make crucial decisions about where to live and where to send their children to school.
With the help of GreatSchools, The First Tee can more accurately track demographics and other key aspects of our National School Program.
For more information, visit www.GreatSchools.org.
SPARK is a research-based organization that disseminates evidence-based Physical Education, After School, Early Childhood, Classroom Activity & Recess, and Coordinated School Health programs to educators leaders serving Pre-K through 12th grade students.
Each SPARK program strives to foster environmental and behavioral change by providing a coordinated package of highly active curriculum, on-site teacher training, extensive follow-up support, and content-matched equipment.
Since 1989, SPARK has provided curriculum materials, teacher training, and consultation to over 100,000 teachers and youth leaders, representing many thousands of schools, organizations, and agencies worldwide. To learn more about SPARK, visit www.sparkpe.org.
Youth on Course
Youth on Course provides affordable access to golf through a round reimbursement program where participants pay $5 or less to play golf at participating facilities. To date, more than 300 facilities are currently participating in Youth on Course and more than 13,000 youth participants in the Western U.S utilize the program. Through a partnership with The First Tee participants will have immediate access to the Youth on Course program, which includes unrivaled access to public facilities, scholarships and internships.
For more information, visit www.youthoncourse.org.
Additional Youth Service Partners
The First Tee actively engages other youth service organizations to offer our programs. In many communities, our chapters have relationships with the following:
- American Junior Golf Association
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- Communities in Schools
- Goodwill Industries
- National High School Golf Coaches Association (NHSGCA)
- Police Athletic League
- YMCA of the U.S.A.
- Numerous Local Youth Service Agencies
- Numerous Local School Districts