The mission of The First Tee of the East Bay is to impact the lives of youth in the Oakland and Hayward areas by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.
The First Tee of the East Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization originally formed in 2004 to provide developmental and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth.
- In 2008, the Board determined that its mission could best be achieved by affiliating with the national organization, The First Tee, and operating as “The First Tee of Oakland.”
- In 2014, TFTO expanded into Hayward and changed it's name to "The First Tee of the East Bay."
- Over 1000 of the East Bay’s children have participated in TFTEB, most of whom are low-income students facing many challenges at home and at school. The First Tee of the East Bay helps children learn critical life skills, such as concentration, responsibility, interpersonal skills, and positive attitude. The benefits of these skills carry over into all facets of life.
The First Tee Life Skills Experience
The First Tee of the East Bay leads three sessions (spring, summer, fall) per year of its core program; The First Tee Life Skills Experience. Each program session is eight (8) weeks long and is conducted at five (5) municipal golf courses in the East Bay: Lake Chabot Golf Course, Metropolitan Golf Links, Mission Hills of Hayward, Skywest Golf Course, and Montclair Golf Club. Students attend one (1) lesson per week, each lesson an hour and a half.
- The First Tee of the East Bay engages young people in well-organized golf activities that help them develop life skills that allow them to face challenges at home, school, and play in a constructive manner. The skills they learn include problem solving, goal setting, time management, controlling one’s emotions, working well with others, overcoming challenges, and improving relationships with family and community.
The Life Skills Experience program follows a curriculum developed by a team of educators, golfers, and child development specialists. The lessons are designed:
- To be FUN, and the activities use the game of golf to teach NINE “Core Values”: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy, and judgment.
- To integrate health education and physical fitness into every lesson.
- To systematically build on the skills that participants’ previously practiced and helps children develop mastery in various life skills subjects, as well as golfing skills.
- To graduate participants who demonstrate mastery of all the skills to the next level of the program.
What sets The First Tee apart from other junior golf program are the Nine Core values; Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Confidence, Responsibility, Perseverance, Courtesy, and Judgment.
All participants receive The First Tee Certification Card so their progress can be observed as they advance through The First Tee certification levels of Par, Birdie, Eagle, and Ace. Each stage introduces young people to different aspects of golf and life skills.