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Measure the effectiveness of The First Tee's Life Skills Experience

Award Information

Award #
2003-JS-FX-0036
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2003
Total funding (to date)
$8,397,264

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2003, $496,750)

World Golf Foundation proposes to conduct a large scale research study measuring the impact and effectiveness of the Life Skills experience. The First Tee program uses golf as a vehicle to implement a youth development program that targets children from ages 8 to 18 from lower socio- economic and ethnically diverse backgrounds. The life skills youth development program will instruct these children around nine core values of responsibility, sportsmanship, perseverance, confidence, judgement, honesty, respect, courtesy and integrity. The life skills certificate program will teach the children interpersonal skills, self management and resistence to unhealthy behaviors. The University of Florida and The University of Nevada-Las Vegas will be collaborating on the evaluation.

NCA/NCF

The World Golf Foundation will continue to implement its First Tee program which provides children from lower socio economic and ethnic backgrounds with a life skills curriculum and conducts research on a group of children who have completed the life skills program. The First Tee Life Skills curriculum provides three levels that focus on 1) fundamental communication and self management skills 2) goal setting 3) resistance to unhealthy behavior skills and enhanced instruction of communication and goal setting. The World Golf Foundation will provide resources to build the capacity of its local chapters to increase enrollment and establish a data tracking for participants of the Life Skills Certification Program. The World Golf Foundation will report performance measures that include the number of First Tee chapters that meet target enrollment goals and the number of children that complete each certification level of the First Tee program. The research for this phase of evaluation will be conducted by the University of Virginia and Boise State University.NCA/NCF

The World Golf Foundation will implement three components to its First Tee, Life Skills program that provides inner city youth with a learning experience which promotes character development and nine core, life-enhancing values (responsibility, sportsmanship, perseverance, confidence, judgment, honesty, respect, courtesy and integrity) through golf. Additionally, the youth will learn resistance skills as apart of the Life Skills program. The World Golf Foundation will provide performance measures on three goals 1) establish at least 40 new chapters serving over 31,000 youth, 2) increase the number of children participating in the National School Program by 20% and 3) issue a research report that will show the effects of the life skills program has on the participants.NCA/NCF

The World Golf Foundation will continue to implement its First Tee program which provides children from lower socio economic and ethnic backgrounds with a life skills curriculum and conducts research on a group of children who have completed the life skills program. The First Tee Life Skills curriculum provides three levels that focus on 1) fundamental communication and self management skills 2) goal setting 3) resistance to unhealthy behavior skills and enhanced instruction of communication and goal setting. The World Golf Foundation will provide resources to build the capacity of its local chapters to increase enrollment and establish a data tracking for participants of the Life Skills Certification Program. The World Golf Foundation will report performance measures that include the number of First Tee chapters that meet target enrollment goals and the number of children that complete each certification level of the First Tee program. NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2003