News Release: First Tee Accepts Challenge Grant Opportunity from Charles Schwab

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November 21, 2021
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We’ve Accepted the Challenge, Will You Join Us?

First Tee Eastern Michigan has accepted the challenge to make your gift go further through the Charles Schwab Challenge Grant. The challenge is happening right now and our chapter’s ability to receive this match will be connected directly to your support!

$2 Raised = $1 Matched

*Assuming an overall increase in Donor Generated Revenue from 2020 – 2021.

We can make every gift go further, reach more kids and teens in our community, and make a bigger impact than ever before thanks to the Charles Schwab Challenge Grant.

From now through 2026, this matching grant will help our chapter deliver the life-changing impact of our program to kids from all walks of life. We will be able to expand our reach like never before and connect with kids and families in new and innovative ways. And we will be able to support the next great generation of mentors and leaders.

About the First Tee Organization

We believe every kid deserves the chance to build inner strength before the world demands it, to find the joy that comes with feeling confident in their own skin before the world makes it feel impossible, and to access experiences and spaces where personal growth happens. We exist to enable kids to build the strength of  character that empowers them through a lifetime of new challenges.

Our kids and teens are facing challenges unseen by previous generations. Many lack access to safe opportunities that foster a culture of acceptance and provide mentorship. They live in a world where social pressures are always on, calm and confidence are  hard to access and perseverance is a required superpower every day. Young people are growing in new environments that are demanding more from them, and therefore more from us.

Kids become a better version of themselves when they have the  space to be who they are, surrounded by passionate people who  guide them to see what they are capable of.

We build these opportunities and experiences through…

  • A progressive curriculum that focuses on social and emotional learning objectives through activities that are developmentally  appropriate, designed to meet kids where  they are.
  • Multi-level coach training programs that focus on research-proven methods of positive youth development, providing our  coaches with the tools to make kids feel  safe, included and empowered.
  • An annual slate of advanced national participant opportunities that facilitate growth and inspire personal  transformation.
  • A robust college scholarship program that provides tuition assistance, personal and professional development, and mentorship  for First Tee alumni.

Young people in our programs are…

  • More confident in school
  • Supported by coaches, who they view as caring mentors
  • Active community members
  • Always welcome, regardless of financial circumstances

To make these outcomes possible, we seamlessly integrate the game of golf with a life skills curriculum where kids feel excited to grow,  safe to fail, and better equipped for whatever comes their way next.

Thank you for partnering with us as we usher in First Tee’s next era. Together, we are Building Game Changers.

Doug Temple, Board Member, (989) 992-0404

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