Become a Coach or Volunteer and Make a Difference

Our Philosophy

Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. At The First Tee, we take coaching seriously. We believe that a meaningful, quality relationship between coach and participant is vital to our program.

“Young people don’t care what a coach knows until they know a coach cares.”

Make an Impact Off the Course

We need more than coaches to make The First Tee possible. We rely on volunteers — sometimes year round — to accomplish our mission, and not all of those goals involve golf; we need support off the course as well. Opportunities include:

  • Fundraising/Events
  • Operations/Administration
  • Mentoring/Tutoring
  • In-school programming

By contributing your time and talent, you can directly make an impact in a young person’s life.

Learn More About Opportunities

To become involved as a coach or volunteer, we require that you complete an application and screening process, which may include an interview about your skills and interests, a criminal background check, and character references. You will also receive training about your volunteer or coaching role, behavioral expectations, and child protection.

The First Tee of Greater Chicago Needs You! 

1. Find an opportunity that is right for you. It is important to find a volunteer opportunity that fits your interests and availability. Please review our current list of Volunteer Opportunities to decide if one is right for you. New opportunities are always being posted, so please check back regularly to find new ways you can help out.

2. Apply by filling out our online application.

3. Complete a background check. Due to the nature of our work with children, all volunteers are required to complete a criminal background check. You will not be permitted to begin your volunteer assignment until The First Tee of Greater Chicago has received confirmed clearance of your background check results.

4. Upon completion and based on our review of your volunteer application and background check, a staff member will contact you.

5. 2017 Volunteer & Orientation Training Dates: During the Spring, Summer and Fall all new volunteers will be required to attend one volunteer training session. We will do everything possible to provide you with the necessary training and materials to be successful.

Please take a brief moment and select a training date* that’s convenient with your schedule.
Saturday, April 1st at Cog Hill from 10-11:15a
Monday, April 3rd at Black/Diversey from 6-7:15p
Saturday, April 29th  at Harborside 10-11:15a covers South Shore
Saturday, May 6th at White Pines 10-11:15a
Monday, May 8th at Countryside from 6-7:15p
Saturday, May 13th at Foss Park from 9:30-10:45a covers Bonnie Brook                  
Monday, May 22nd at Renwood from 6-7:15pm
*Dates are subject to change

If at any time, you should have questions, please email Erika Shavers, volunteer coordinator. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with The First Tee of Greater Chicago!