Urban Youth Golf Program


Founded in 1998, the mission of the Urban Youth Golf Program is to impact the lives of young people, particularly minority and disadvantaged youth, in the Louisville Metropolitan Area with exposure to the game of golf, thereby increasing their golf skills and providing them with a wide range of developmental experiences. UYGP assists participants improve their academic performance and social development while improving self-esteem and building confidence. The program is funded in part by: PGA of America, Louisville Metro Government and Metro United Way.


History of UGYP

The Urban Youth Golf Program was launched in 1998 as a result of a partnership between PGA of America, the City of Louisville, and the Louisville Urban League. Since inception, over 1500 urban, inner-city youth have been exposed to the game of golf and over 700 have enrolled in year-round golf instruction.
In 2005, the UYGP took actions that created The First Tee of Louisville to serve as an umbrella organization for the Urban Youth Golf Program and two other youth golf programs and provide Golf and Life Skills to the young people in these groups as well as new participants in the programs.

  1. Golf Instruction
  2. Life Skills
  3. Academic Enrichment/Achievement
  4. Career Exposure/Field Trips
  5. Cultural Enrichment
  6. Scholarships
Youth participants of the UGYP benefit from their involvement in many ways:

  • 99% of our seniors graduation from high school
  • 92% of our graduates are offered college scholarships
  • The UGYP Scholarship Fund has disbursed over $47,000 to college-bound participants.

Participant Recruitment and Enrollment

UYGP participants are recruited from middle schools, churches, community centers and youth service organizations. Referrals to the program come from coaches, principals, counselors, church leaders as well as business and civic leaders.

The requirements for participation in the program include:
Youth must be in grades 5-12, and:

  • Have a positive attitude
  • Have 2.0 GPA or greater
  • Have school attendance of 80% or better
  • Required Parental Involvement

To enroll youth, parents/guardians must complete an enrollment form and participate in an orientation process on program objectives.

Contact Us

For more information contact D’Shawn Johnson at (502) 566-3382 or email [email protected]

september, 2019

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