Become a Coach or Volunteer and Make a Difference

Our Philosophy

Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. At 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.”

“As you consider volunteering for our chapter, know that the safety of our kids is our first priority.  Please read our Prevention Policies to see how we conduct programs and activities at our chapter

Prevention Policy

Make an Impact Off the Course

We need more than coaches to make 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.

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

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

5. 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.

Volunteer Opportunities are available at the following locations: 

Bonnie Brook Golf Course, Cog Hill Golf Club, Countryside Golf Course, Robert Black Golf Course, Diversey Driving Range, Renwood Golf Course, Foss Park Golf Course, Fountain Hills Golf Course, Glenwoodie Golf Club, Harborside International, Chicago Park District South Shore/Jackson Park, White Pines Golf Course

Please email Erika Shavers with any questions you may have. Thank you for your interest in volunteering with First Tee Greater Chicago!