Our Impact

At First Tee – Monterey County,

We have over seventeen years of experience in positive youth and community development. We are providing youth of all backgrounds an opportunity for a brighter future through a targeted curriculum of golf and character development, life skills, academic support, higher education, mentorship, and career development.
Hours of Impact

2 Programming Locations

29 Active Coaches & 86 Volunteers

Gender Demographics

52% male participants, 48% female participants

Underserved Enrollment

Meet Sydney

“They made me feel like I was someone, and thatr maybe I had some kind of potential talent in golf nd that I might be able to do something someday. I will never forget how they made me feel so special. It made me feel like a champion and that anything was possible.”

Sydney Craven, Pure Insurance Champion, First Tee – Monterey County Alumna

Across First Tee

We’re empowering kids and teens through the game of golf.
  • 1,200 Programming Locations
  • 3,900 Active Coaches
  • 24,000 Volunteers
  • 1,000 PGA/LPGA professionals serving as coaches, executive directors, staff, and volunteers
  • 39% of female participants
  • 61% of male participants
  • Participant Ethnicity: 52% White or Caucasian, 14% Black or African-American, 19% Latino or Hispanic, 6% Asian, 8% Multi-Racial, less than 1% Native American or Native Alaskan, less than 1% Pacific Islander

Proven Results

73% reported high confidence in their ability to do well academically.

82% felt confident in their social skills with peers.

52% credited the program for their ability to appreciate diversity.

What our Teen & Alumni Say

Better Citizens —91% of alumni engaged in community service while in First Tee and 72% continued after their time in the program ended. These numbers are significant compared to the 22% of the US citizens between ages 16 and 24 participating in community service³.

Lifelong Golfers — We’re happy to report that 96% of teens in the program say their golf skills have improved, and we’re even prouder to say that 90% of our alumni consider themselves lifelong golfers.

Better Students — This is a big one: we have found more than 80% of teens and alumni say First Tee helped them become better students.

Prepared for life — Our program aims to get young people ready for life’s challenges, and teens and alumni report just that. The longer they stayed in the program, the more they reported an improvement in interpersonal skills, managing emotions, goal-setting, and resilience.

From Coaches to Mentors – Participants don’t go through the program alone. The power of mentorship is extremely important to us, and both teens and alumni said their relationship with their coaches grew stronger and more meaningful over time.


¹ An independent, four-year, longitudinal research study led by University of Minnesota’s Maureen R. Weiss, Ph.D. Flip through the online version or download it as a PDF.

² “A Lasting Impact: The First Tee’s Role in Fostering Postive Youth Development,” 2015, Springfield College Center for Youth Development and Research

³ 2014 survey, U.S. Dept. of Labor: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/volun.nr0.htm

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