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First Tee Monterey County


To offer young people of Monterey County opportunities for a better future

The Big Idea

The Future Citizens Foundation/First Tee Monterey County offers local youth opportunities to build a better future through teaching golf and life skills. This nonprofit’s Big Idea provides programs for participants from East Salinas, providing supervised, healthy activities that strengthen their resilience to gang violence. This nonprofit offers services to youth ages 6 to seniors in high school, working to instill core values of integrity, sportsmanship and respect both during the game and in life beyond golf.

My Mom struggled in a lot as a single mom. She realized that if she wanted to give me a good life she had to work two jobs, sometimes three. That meant she hardly ever got to see me when I was a kid, it was very difficult. I knew education would be the best way to support my mom. The guidance of the learn by doing attitude of the First Tee/ Future Citizens Foundation put in place the foundation for my next steps in education. Through mentoring, leadership training and a safe culture/environment there is now a 22 year old Psychology major with a minor in statistics who graduated for the Pay It Forward scholarship program at Cal State Monterey Bay. I will now play it forward for the next young person for me their mentor.

- Emily Cordova

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.