LINKS 2 LEARNING IS MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR GENEROUS PARTNERS AND DONORS
YMCA of Central Florida, in collaboration with Lockheed Martin, piloted Links 2 Learning in 2011, a unique program designed to provide an avenue for community youth to graduate from high school by helping them improve their school attendance and grades through academic tutoring.
Lockheed Martin Global Training and Logistics Corporation, with other community leaders, partnered to create the program’s central component—a youth learning center. The Lockheed Martin Technology Center is located within the South Orlando YMCA. In addition, the South Orlando Y was outfitted with the Y Golf & Learning Center, a driving range and putting greens with state-of-the-art technology that helps players gauge speed, distance, and angles.
The Tech Center is designed to bolster a creative and interactive learning environment that empowers student success in the classroom, including completing homework and improving exam performance.
First Tee of Central Florida is a youth development organization, impacting the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
First Tee of Central Florida supports the South Orlando YMCA Links 2 Learning program combining both education and sport. Progressive golf lessons allow each student to participate, whether they are a beginner, intermediate or at an advance stage of golf.
Y Golf is not just about the game of golf, but encompasses education, where we focus on homework help and our STEM program, along with teaching life skills and providing exposure to the academic options after high school. Y Golf Curriculum has been developed in conjunction with The First Tee of Central Florida. Our curriculum teaches our students golf techniques and life skills to prepare them for the future.