The First Tee of Silicon Valley is able to accomplish so much thanks in large part to the time, skills, and generosity of our volunteers. From assisting coaches to administrative help, any skill you have that you can volunteer we’d like to hear about it!
The First Tee of Silicon Valley believes positive youth development happens through a meaningful, quality relationship between the coach and participant. Therefore, we are always looking for high quality volunteers to serve as mentors and administrative assistants. Volunteers with knowledge and experience in teaching, coaching, mentoring or playing golf are ideal as mentors. Volunteers with office and technical experience are well-suited as administrative assistants.
The following are the general dates of each season:
- Spring — mid-March to mid-May
- Summer — mid-June to mid-August
- Fall — mid-September to mid-November
- Winter – early-December to early-February
Safety, Mentoring, Curriculum, and Commitment…Insuring the physical and emotional safety of the young people in our care is of critical importance. Our goal is to build young women and men of good character as we walk alongside them as mentors in a nurturing way. Our curriculum emphasis is on core values, life skills, and healthy habits. Golf skills are of secondary importance.
Volunteer Coaches (i.e., mentors) assist with specific classes during our spring, summer and fall seasons and on an ad hoc basis at other times during the year. Our classes meet once per week for 9 weeks, this includes 8 weeks of instruction and a one week break. Volunteer Coaches commit three hours per week in a given season. Volunteer Admins assist with a wide range of office projects of varying length.
Lastly, we encourage our volunteers to see if their company will match their volunteer hours with a financial contribution to The First Tee of Silicon Valley.
We welcome Junior Volunteers, for whom there are some special requirements.
- Non-participants of The First Tee of Silicon Valley Juniors must at least be in 9th grade and are only eligible to volunteer for PLAYer Part 1 classes, the entry point for our 1st grade and up participants.
- Participants of The First Tee of Silicon Valley who are at the Eagle level AND at least age 13 may volunteer for PLAYer classes, the entry point for new participants including the Life Skills Experience curriculum with a special emphasis on the values of the game and basic golf fundamentals.
- Participants of The First Tee of Silicon Valley who are at the Ace or Albatross level may volunteer for PLAYer or Par classes.
Instructors for The First Tee of Silicon Valley are responsible for the delivery of The First Tee Life Skills Experience and upholding The First Tee Coach Philosophy. All of our instructors start out as volunteers. Volunteers demonstrating natural mentoring abilities and exceptional adherence to our coaching philosophy are selected to become instructors.
Open Enrollment & Training
January 15th – February 15th (Spring), April 15th – May 15th (Summer), and July 15th – August 15th (Fall) are the open enrollment months for becoming a volunteer with The First Tee of Silicon Valley. Volunteer inquiries in other months of the year are held until the next enrollment month. New Volunteers are required to attend one of the following Saturday Trainings prior to their first season as a volunteer.
2017 Volunteer Training Dates:
- March 4th — 9:00am – 1:30pm — for Spring Classes
- June 3rd — 9:00am – 1:30pm — for Summer Classes
- August 26th — 9:00am – 1:30pm — for Fall Classes
Listed below are all of the steps for joining us as a volunteer. Steps 1-7 must be completed by February 15th, May 15th, or August 15th for Spring, Summer, or Fall volunteering. You may complete the getting started survey, online volunteer application and online child protection course at this time, or you may wait until we review your survey submission. The cost of the online background check (juniors) is $20 and we ask that all volunteer applicants cover this fee.
1. Getting Started Survey — We will respond within 1 week.
2. Telephone Interview — This will take 10-15 minutes.
3. Volunteer Application — Email to Julie Donnellan.
4. Background Check — When we have received your survey and scheduled an interview with you, you will also receive a note from us with details about running your background check as soon as possible, but within one week and by the February 15th, May 15th or August 15th deadline. Adult volunteers must successfully complete the LiveScan fingerprinting process with the Department of Justice and FBI as a pre-employment background check.
5. Child Protection Course — If you have trouble logging in, do not put spaces in the ‘city’ filed (example: San Jose vs. SanJose). This will take 20 minutes. Email to Julie Donnellan.
Once we have reviewed your application, results from background check, child protection course and determined that you are a good fit for our organization, we will contact you to arrange an in-person interview. Please let us know ASAP if your choose to withdraw from this on boarding process.
6. In-Person Interview — This will take 30 minutes and include some basic training and scheduling.
7. Final Review