The Future Talent of Silicon Vally DBA The First Tee of Silicon Valley is a nonprofit public benefit corporation (501 c3) – tax identification #46-3102278. Our purpose is to develop youth through golf throughout Silicon Valley, transforming their lives and giving them a brighter future.
Our history dates back to 2000 when the San Jose Sports Authority (SJSA) – Santa Clara County’s sports commission – created the Eagles at Rancho del Pueblo (Eagles) junior golf program for East San José youth. In 2005, the Eagles became The First Tee of San José, a new chapter within The First Tee network of over 180 internationally, while remaining a program of SJSA. Having grown substantially by early 2012, the program expanded to all Santa Clara County and East Palo Alto and changed its name (and license) to The First Tee of Silicon Valley. The year 2014 began a new era as we separated from SJSA and became a new, 501c3, non-profit entity, The Future Talent of Silicon Valley DBA The First Tee of Silicon Valley. Southern San Mateo County (north to Hwy 92) and Hollister were added to our service area in 2018.
The First Tee of Silicon Valley’s mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing education programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
Our programs fall into one of three categories – Classes, Outreach and Opportunities. Classes are at the heart of our approach with five levels of positive, developmentally appropriate life skills curriculum that youth are encouraged to experience from 2nd through 12th grade. The Outreach program, DRIVE, is activity-based and modeled after the same life skills curriculum as classes and is delivered by educators both in- and after-school. Finally, Opportunities afford participants a wide variety of life and golf experiences and financial and other resources for their long-term success. Learn more on our Youth Programs page.
We expect to teach our life skills curriculum to over 1,100 youth on the golf course and 9,000 youth in schools and in the community this year, thus serving over 78,000 young people since 2005.
Learn Even More
You may learn more about us by reading our Parents’ Guide, which includes detailed info about our curriculum, approach and much more.
There are several ways to get started with us. Learn more about us by viewing the video to the left, reading the sections at the bottom of this page, or beginning with one of the shaded sections here.
We have a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities for corporations. Annual sponsors receive universal recognition whereas event and program sponsors receive specific recognition. Participation in all events is sold separately. Visit our Sponsorship page for more details or contact Judy Dixon Deaton at email@example.com or 408-508-4881.
Attend One of Our Fundraising Events
Our fundraising events are designed for our supporters, both individual and corporate. They are a great way for all individuals to learn more about us while having fun. They also provide a wonderful opportunity for corporations to sponsor our youth programs while possibly entertaining customers.
We accept junior clubs and women’s clubs that are in good, gently used, condition as well as men’s clubs that are in excellent, virtually new, condition. We also accept new bags, balls, towels and tees. Please complete a contribution form so we may acknowledge your generosity and send you a contribution letter.
Financial support helps us keep class fees affordable and meet the huge demand for our programs. Our positive youth development programs works. The young people we mentor behave better, get better grades, and are healthier than their peers. You can donate any amount below. However, individuals who donate $250 or more will become part of our Caddy Club.
Volunteer as a Coach & Mentor
We believe that 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. Volunteers with knowledge and experience in teaching, coaching, mentoring or playing golf are ideal as mentors.
Get More Info about Our Classes
Our classes are open to all youth 2nd to 12th grade regardless of background. We provide 100% financial assistance to all participants – a full season (12 hours of instruction) costs us $270 per participant and we charge a fee of $160. We also provide financial aid reducing the fee to $20-$135 based on need and sibling discounts.