First Tee — Silicon Valley is looking for high quality, caring people that are interested in showing up and guiding others, so they become even better people and leaders of tomorrow. Our volunteer coaches work together to teach our Life and Golf Skill curriculum by finding and using coachable moments and by making the sessions fun and engaging. One of the 6 life skills that our coaches are responsible for teaching is Growing through Challenges. Coaches use our games to deliver impactful tools and tips needed to develop grit and build a growth mindset.
Transferable Life Skills
As coaches we have the opportunity to positively impact others. We guide, we ask questions, we model the skills that build character. However, the learning process is never a one-way street. Participants assist and teach us the very transferable skills that we set out to deliver. When teaching Growing though Challenges, we encourage our participants to see mistakes as information and opportunities to learn. We teach them productive methods of brushing off mistakes. We also teach them to see progression as a journey, and not as a straight line. The reality with coaching is every participant is different. They, like anyone else, have their own way of handling adversity and are in different stages of understanding adversity. Coaches must develop their ability to adapt and adjust based on the individual and group. If a class does not go to plan, coaches end up using the same tips and tools we ask of the participants. They learn when to ask for help and how to see mistakes as information that lead to opportunities for growth.
Our team of coaches take part in training before each season to learn coaching techniques, but some of the most impactful teaching lessons are the ones experienced in class and discussed after class as a coaching team.
Interested in getting started and developing transferable skills?
- Visit our volunteer page and click on the volunteer form.
- Or contact Julie Donnellan at 408-508-4882 or [email protected]
- Click here for our volunteer tri-fold for more information.
- Click here to view our video and hear from our coaches and participants.
What if I am not an expert coach or golfer?
Our coaches come from all walks of life with different life and golf experiences. We provide life and golf skill training as well as training on coach strategies, on techniques, and on our coach philosophy. Our goal is to make sure every coach feels supported. Additionally, we have created lesson plans to help everyone work together and encourage one another in the content and delivery. There will always be a paid, lead coach for each class coordinating the group of coaches.
What is the time requirement?
- Volunteer coaches can choose from several class options by location, day of the week, and time.
- Time commitment is 2.5 hours a day, once a week for an 8-week season. The 2.5 hours include a 30-minute pre-class meeting, 1.5-hour class, and a 30-minute post-class debrief.
Join our team, learn/develop coaching skills, make a difference in the youth, and give back to the community! Please help us spread the word. The more positive and dedicated coaches, the better the program, and the more impactful it is for our youth.