What is the Life Skills Experience?
First Tee-Central Arkansas was created to introduce young people from all walks of life to the fun and excitement of golf. Kids involved in First Tee-Central Arkansas will learn the basics of golf as well as First Tee’s Life Skills Experience (LSE). LSE uses the game of golf to teach participants personal and social skills such as respect for rules and other players. Other examples include the value of self-reliance, self-control and the ability to set goals and work persistently to realize those goals.
The Life Skills Experience ultimately strives to instill in participants the Nine Core Values of First Tee: Honesty, Integrity, Sportsmanship, Respect, Courtesy, Judgment, Confidence, Responsibility and Perseverance. LSE is offered throughout the year. The program consists of the following class levels:
Target is an exciting introduction to First Tee-Central Arkansas Life Skills Experience. It was developed to introduce young people to golf in a safe manner that promotes curiosity about the game while integrating links between golf and life skills. Participants are eligible for Target at age 5.
PLAYer introduces how to play the game of golf with special emphasis on learning golf and life skills, and appreciating the rules and etiquette of the game. Participants who are 7 and older will initiate their involvement in the Life Skills Experience at this level.
Par is the first level of the Core Lessons in the Life Skill Experience. This level consists of six lessons focusing on interpersonal skills and self-management. Participants who are 9 and older are eligible to enroll in Par Class upon completion of PLAYer certification.
Birdie is the second level of the Core Lessons in the Life Skills Experience. This level consists of six lessons focusing on self-management and goal-setting. This level is designed for participants age 11 and older. Certification at the Par level is required for entry into Birdie.
Eagle is the third level of the Core Lessons in the Life Skills Experience. This level consists of six lessons focusing on how to resolve conflict cooperatively, build a support team, respect and appreciate diversity and benefit from helping others. This level is designed for participants age 13 and older. Certification at the Birdie level is required for entry into Eagle.
Ace is an advanced program of four special projects that are completed over a 2 year time frame. All projects are designed to further develop leadership skills while having fun. Certification is required at all lower levels plus participants must be 14 years of age to enter the program.
Locations that deliver the Life Skills Experience.