We offer three programs for our students. They are Golf , Academics and Life Skills. Golf consists of practice, and tournaments. Academics consists of tutoring, and after school programs that help accelerate academic learning.Events are retreats that the students are taken on to build values such as team work and social skills.

The East Palo Alto Junior Golf Program believes minority youth develop responsible life-values through golf. For 25 years, we’ve helped young people learn the fun of golf, enjoy the rewards of good academic performance and of a peer-group with high life expectations.

We emphasize to our program boys and girls that success in life depends on positive behaviors and educational success. Just getting by in school or falling into alcohol and drugs does not bring happiness to a meaningful life.

our principles


Young people have the smarts to succeed, but no life-skills. They need role-models to provide a positive growing environment so they can take control of their lives.


EPA Junior Golf provides a positive structure to grow and learn, a positive and confident peer group, and helpful successful role-models.


We use golf to train and motivate youth to be successful students in life through sports and education.


We help boys and girls develop the characteristics that we all want our children to possess: honesty, courtesy, discipline, respect, patience and desire.

Golf Program Structure (ages 6-18)

Golf skills:

  • Beginners non-playing: Basic lessons and introduction to the game
  • Beginners playing: Swing coaching, learning the rules, early course play, etiquette
  • Intermediate: Full course play, practice sessions, coaching, a few tournaments during summer
  • Advanced: More coaching, up to ten tournaments per year, act as role-models within the program

Life skills:

  • Personal development through positive peer-group activities and values:
  • Group bonding: Recreation: bowling, movies, cookouts, skating, etc. Educational: visit museums, aquariums, parks, college tours. Social: movies, ball-games, dinners, friendships.
  • Leadership: One-on-one counseling: personal growth chats over lunch or after games — about goal-setting, academic progress, behavior, family values, relationships. Small group sessions: values, financial literacy, educational goals, dress, golf rules, “180 Degrees”. Community service projects, task assignments, act as spokespersons and coaches.
  • Educational: Academic advising on classes and schedules. Monitor progress; report-card parties provide gentle peer pressure. College-preparedness coaching re. applications, financial aid, to-do lists. Help with school challenges, relationships, behavior.