The First Tee Life Skills Experience™ is 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.
In 2011, The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits™ was added to the curriculum as a framework for teaching young people healthy habits through golf.
This comprehensive approach to educating young people on physical, social, and emotional wellness was created in collaboration with the Annika Foundation and the Florida Hospital for Children to promote active and healthy lifestyles.
An independent research study confirmed that youth involved in The First Tee Life Skills Experience™ learn and use life skills on the golf course and transfer these skills to other areas of their life. In fact, 100% of The First Tee participants interviewed said they transferred life skills learned at The First Tee to school.
Within the First Tee program, 78% of youth are transferring skills such as decision-making, goal setting and managing their emotions from the golf course into the classroom, as well as other areas of their lives including situations with friends, family, after school activities, and jobs.
The study also revealed The First Tee Life Skills Experience’s ability to impact core values on youth. 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.