Palm Beach County Sheriff's | First Tee of the Glades
The First Tee of the Glades is a Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office youth initiative that combines afterschool educational assistance and character development curriculum taught through the game of golf.
The First Tee of the Glades’ mission is broader than simply teaching kids how to play golf. The program allows the children to experience a strong life skills component that includes community service and mentoring opportunities. The life skills experience is one of the features that differentiates The First Tee program from other successful junior golf programs.
The First Tee of the Glades’ program is divided into five participant levels: Player, Par, Birdie, Eagle and Ace. Each participant is enrolled at the Player level and progresses through each level by demonstrating golf proficiency and life skills knowledge.
LIFE SKILLS EDUCATION
What makes The First Tee effective in building positive character traits in young people is The First Tee Life Skills Experience, a curriculum developed by experts in the field of positive youth development and delivered by trained coaches. Through this experience, participants learn to apply life skills and transfer the positive values of golf to everyday life.
PARTICIPANTS LEARN TO:
- Appreciate diversity
- Make healthy decisions
- Manage emotions
- Plan for the future
- Resolve conflicts
- Set step-by-step goals
- Empower youth to make healthy decisions by thinking about the core values
- Build rapport and establish positive relationship
- Nurture golf and life skill development
- Create a fun learning environment
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