John Deere Drive Your Future Academy

First Tee Drive Your Future Academy presented by John Deere is a female empowerment event recognizing young women who are motivated to influence positive impact at their chapters, schools and communities. The five-day academy experience focuses on the importance of building a strong network and how to approach mentorship opportunities, navigating post-graduation and career planning, and appreciating the value/impact of volunteerism. The selected teens will have an opportunity to participate in activity-based workshops with female industry leaders in technology, STEM, and business development, as well as a golf outing.  

Event Info

Date: October 5-9, 2023
Location: San Francisco, CA

2023 Selected Participants
First Name: Last Name: Chapter:
Kennedy Albea First Tee – Augusta
Samantha Dunn First Tee – Connecticut
Anna Firko First Tee – Delaware
Brenna Fledderman First Tee – Greater Houston
MaKaila Francois First Tee – Greater Washington, DC
Christina Fuentes First Tee – Greater Washington, DC
Elle Gianelli First Tee – San Joaquin
Courtney Giroux First Tee – New Hampshire
Isabella Herrera First Tee – Silicon Valley
Isabella Magno First Tee – Greater Philadelphia
Jules Mahan First Tee – Greater San Antonio
Parisa Majumdar First Tee – Triangle
Jasmine McGhee First Tee – Greater Chicago
Jaeden Musae First Tee – Metropolitan Oklahoma City
Kaylee Nguyen First Tee – Gulf Coast
Ashely Pang First Tee – Silicon Valley
Aryana Persaud First Tee – Central Florida
Leila Prairie First Tee – San Diego
Isabella Rubio First Tee – Florida Gold Coast
Kavya Shah First Tee – Howard County
Sydney Socha First Tee – Lake Erie
Hannah Stouder First Tee – Greater Sacramento
Precilla Tea First Tee – Greater Pasadena
Sophia Waddell First Tee – Central Coast


Up to 24 female participants will be selected from the chapter network for the four day academy experience. Participants will submit, essays, activities chart and a chapter letter of recommendation.

How to Participate

This event is only available to teens involved in chapters of First Tee. Most of the events and programs have a selection process that includes an application reviewed by a committee. Parents, if you want your child to participate, please inquire at your chapter.

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