Mentors have the opportunity to play a critical role in building the confidence of a young person and helping them feel empowered to pursue their goals. 

But, mentoring relationships go beyond that. 

They are a shared opportunity for learning and growth. 

Mentoring not only greatly benefits the person you are teaching, but the experience will also have a positive impact on your life.

I see four big benefits to being a mentor. 

First, the enjoyment of spending time with someone you care about — even if you’ve just met them.

Second, a sense of accomplishment when your mentee feels empowered and reaches personal milestones both on and off the golf course. 

Third, personal growth and the opportunity to learn more about yourself and how to be an effective leader while at First Tee programs or in your own endeavors. 

Fourth, knowing you’re making an investment in your community and its future leaders. 

Whether you prefer the title coach, volunteer, mentor, Big Mike or Ms. Suzy — without you, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. A meaningful, quality relationship between you and a young person is vital to our programs at First Tee. 

So, we ask you today to consider taking the leap to make a difference and empower kids in the Sandhills to become the best version of themselves.

Join us for our version of Demo Day!

On Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. we’re hosting an orientation and training session at Pinehurst No. 6.

No strings attached. No future commitment required. No golf handicap needed.

You’ll hear our story, learn all the ways we can use your skill sets and then participate in a dynamic mock First Tee class, as a student, led by our nationally trained lead volunteer coaches.

It will be a true hands on learning experience that we think will help you envision a place on our team.

Can I count you in for Feb. 26? Please let me know you would like to join us by calling our office at (910) 255-3035.

Courtney Stiles is the executive director of the First Tee of the Sandhills.

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