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First Glance Student Center, Inc.

Rating: 4.84 stars   258 reviews 12,568

Address:

943 Kenmore Blvd. Akron OH 44314 USA

Mission:

First Glance is a student center for junior and senior high school students in Kenmore . It primarily operates as a youth center with basketball, skateboarding, internet, video games, food and more, providing the students a place to go.  It keeps these students off the street. In addition we have a teen moms program, an abstinence program, skate night and more.  This facility enables us to meet and build relationships with students who may not normally come to a church.  Through these relationships, we have the opportunity to tell students about Christ and get them involved in a local church.In addition we teach students life skills.  We work with the community and have the students volunteer.  Also through other special events we teach students about money management, the importance of education, and serving. Mission Statement: We exist to connect students and their communities to Christ and the Church through real, loving and non-threatening avenues.

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330-848-9685
www.firstglance.org

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Reviews for First Glance Student Center, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars  

This place has been where I've grown to know and love God more than any other place. It is my church. It's how I am part of the Church. It's where God parts the clouds and shines on his people. The staff is very dedicated to serving the people of Kenmore. The volunteers are so selfless in their care. It's changed my life.

 
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5 people found this review helpful

The thing that makes FG so great is the wonderful volunteers that give so much of themselves to help the students.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

growing closer to God.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

As the director of a local non-profit organization, I've been aware of First Glance for a long time and over the years have gotten to experience firsthand the transformative impact they have on the lives of so many awesome students and people in the community. First Glance is a staple of the community of Kenmore and has a restorative & tangible impact on the lives of all those who are lucky enough to be involved with it through their various programs, as volunteers, donors, etc. While at times it can seem hard to quantify or put hard measurements on the impact of First Glance on the lives of those who are a part of it, the positive impact of this organization has reverberated for 15 + years and has only gotten stronger over time.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a student when it first opened and now volunteer when available. The organization has impacted my life and has shaped me into the person I am today. The organization has dedicated volunteers who take time to invest in various programs that is offered at the center.

 
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7 people found this review helpful

I was a student at First Glance before I became a leader. I have been involved with First Glance since 2002. It's been a blessing working with First Glance. The leaders and student leaders that I work with work so hard to make great things happen. Will everyone that is involved with FG does amazing job! Thanks to GOD for his work. When I went to Costa Rica mission trip this summer I preached to people that are pregant at teenage and teens that do drugs, and I think to myself I wish they had a First Glance there ro help them with the struggles they go through, to lead them into Christ. :) I'm pleased what God is doing in this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a huge impact on leaders and students.......

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

is taking what lessons leaders have taught me and passing them onto students. :)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Were nice and dedicated. Thanks Noelle, Marlies, Cheryl, and Others.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

I would expand FG international! Have more programs for teens.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Totally dedicated volunteers and staff provide a loving environment that changes the lives of at-risk kids. They have made a huge impact on the entire community

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

A safe place for students, teen mom's and young adults (often facing difficult circumstances) to meet, connect with caring mentors and receive genuine acceptance! The volunteers at First Glance are fully committed to the young people in the community. This is a truly amazing organization and we love the great work they are doing!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer at First Glance! Love First Glance that is changing teen/young adult lives & the community for the better & for Christ! I have volunteered for a lot of places in my life but non as loving, caring & compassionate as this group...staff & volunteers that give back in so many ways...& even opening up their homes!

 
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First Glance is a group of enthusiatic, passionate & awesome individuals who give of their time (leaders & the volunteers) reaching out with their hearts and God's love, in a committment to the youth of Kenmore. The youth can come and be accepted with unconditional love & where they are in a safe non-threatening environment. Everything the leaders & volunteers do is a positive impact in training these youth to want to be better citizens, and helping them to grow to bring up their children to make a better community in Kenmore. They are making a difference in the lives of teenagers, and in the Kenmore community being changed for God's Glory. They are giving them hope & direction thru caring for each teen that comes thru the doors. The staff of volunteers are also giving them a chance to get off the streets, and also teaching them how to make better choices in their lives & the opportunities to set goals in their lives. Karen Freeman & Nicole Beck have so much contagious enthusiam and are really passionate for this ministry of changing lives for Christ!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

changed lives for Christ. It has rewarded me more than I could ever give to this organization - just seeing a life changed for Christ.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way I've seen personally lives changed for Christ in this ministry.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

loving, caring, enthusiatic, passionate & give unconditional love - never expecting anything back!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

multiply this wonderful organization all over America, and bring the USA back to where God is first in each & every family in America.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a volunteer at First Glance in the Young Adult program. As a volunteer, I love the relationships that I have built with the young people and other volunteers who are a part of our program. First Glance offers young people a safe haven. Just a week or so ago, one of the Young Adults mentioned that we are his family. At First Glance we are family. We accept one another for who we are and support each other through the good and bad times. I love this organization and wish every community had a First Glance.

 
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Great people. Great mission. Great Atmosphere. Love to see how genuine the care for the students and the community is at FG. Lives have been changed bc this place was created❤️

 
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First Glance does a great job of reaching out to the youth of the community by providing a place of refuge and fun for those that need a place where they can trust in people who lead them in the direction of knowing Christ.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

It's fun and safe and they care about you also help you out anyway they can !!!

 
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