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Mission: To assist at risk children by improving their self-esteem, character, work ethic, social adjustment, and academic performance using the golf course as a living classroom.
The Youth Foundation operates the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Club and the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf & Family Sports Complex as well as two educational programs. The Chi Chi Academy is a privately supported public school in partnership with the Pinellas County School District. The First Tee of Clearwater is a support program teaching life skills and core values through golf.
The most unique feature about the Chi Chi Rodriguez Academy and its programs is the land they live on. The 170 acre campus, comprised of a public golf course and driving range, serves as a living classroom for the students to increase their knowledge of the world.
*Students learn core values and life lessons seamlessly through golf with The First Tee of Clearwater curriculum.
*Students maintain gardens on campus with a volunteer who works with each class on growing vegetables that the students can later pick and eat.
*Students over the years have built 22 bird boxes that are spread out on the golf club's campus and the monitor the boxes as part of their science curriculum under the direction of Native Bird Boxes
*Students get to spend time with adults in every department of the Golf Club and Foundation learning about the various jobs; the students see how basic educational skills like math and reading are used on an everyday basis.