Arizona Golf and Life Skills, Inc

Building Game Changers

aka First Tee - Phoenix   |   Phoenix, AZ   |  www.firstteephoenix.org

Mission

First Tee is a youth development organization that enables kids (ages 4-18) to build the strength of character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges. By seamlessly integrating the game of golf with a life skills curriculum, we create active learning experiences that build inner strength, self-confidence, and resilience that kids can carry to everything they do. Experiences are our greatest teacher. First Tee believes in developing the ones that are just as fun as they are meaningful, where kids feel excited to grow, safe to fail, and better equipped. Through our golf-based personal growth programs, we see kids build the life and leadership skills that empower them in all areas of life, including school, friendships, & eventually careers.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Erin Mcdonough

Main address

3837 E Wier Ave. Unit 7

Phoenix, AZ 85040 USA

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Formerly known as

The First Tee of Phoenix

Thunderbirds Junior Golf Foundation

EIN

52-2103204

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Golf (Country Clubs, use N50) (N6A)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Life-Skills Experience

The First Tee Life Skills Experience is one of the unique features that differentiates The First Tee from other youth initiatives and junior golf programs. It helps young people develop character by focusing on Nine Core Values: honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment.

Population(s) Served

Research reveals convincing evidence that youth involved in our programs transferred life skills to multiple settings and learned and used life skills through the game of golf. Our curriculum, combined with trained educators, empowers participants with a set of skills that prepares them for a lifetime of new challenges.

elementary school program
Since 2004, First Tee has been integrating the First Tee School Program into PE classes across the country. We’ve equipped educators at elementary and middle schools with our curriculum built around the game of golf, while positively impacting kids through both the game and its inherent ability to improve social-emotional learning (SEL) skills. We work with the school to identify funding opportunities, such as sponsors or donations.

This program aligns with national physical education standards developed by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) and is designed to allow physical educators the ability to adjust lessons.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Ethnic and racial groups
Academics

The First Tee DRIVE is the perfect activity for young people as it Develops Rewarding, Inspiring Values for Everyone. The First Tee DRIVE is a set of 18 golf Activity Plans designed to provide a fun, engaging program which exposes young people to the behaviors associated with The First Tee’s Nine Core Values.

DRIVE was designed for youth serving organizations within the community such as the YMCA, B&GC, Parks and Recreation Departments, summer camps, and afterschool program vehicles.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Financials

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Arizona Golf and Life Skills, Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Calihan

CB Richard Ellis

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/20/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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