Our Programs

The First Tee of Greater New Orleans’ programs teach young people 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 and improving relationships with family and community.

The First Tee is more than just a place to learn the game of golf. We provide opportunities for young people to experience a positive, safe place, surrounded by caring adults. They learn the value of giving back to their community and the meaning of responsibility and respect. The goals of The First Tee are to see participants graduate from high school on time with the life skills needed to succeed in college and life, with the ability to make healthy choices and with the desire to positively impact their communities.

The First Tee provides programs that enable a young person the opportunity to receive the support needed to address issues that are associated with academic achievement. We offer three core programs, all based on our Nine Core Values and Nine Healthy Habits:

  1. The First Tee Life Skills Experience

  2. The First Tee National School Program (NSP)

  3. The First Tee DRIVE

The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits are nine health and wellness topics presented as a part of The First Tee National School Program and Life Skills Experience. Using a holistic and integrated format the program seeks to help youth understand vital life lessons needed to display a positive, productive, and healthy lifestyle.

These Healthy Habits are incorporated into all programs and are formatted for easy understanding and learning by elementary-age students and participants. The Nine Healthy Habits are organized under three categories of physical, emotional and social health. Within these categories, topics include understanding fitness and nutrition, maintaining quality friendships, dealing with bullies, and contributing to a healthy family and community.