First Glance Student Center, Inc.

Rating: 4.83 stars   244 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Religion

Location: 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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EIN 20-2610539
330-848-9685
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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a staff volunteer for a little under a month but before this I was a student leader and spent a lot of my free time here at first glance. The leaders are all amazing I've connected and became very close with a few of them. The programs its self helps a lot of teens that walk through the doors! Love this place!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Looking to help teens, young adults, teen moms, preschoolers, or skate boarders connect to Christ while building a relationship with them? This is the place for you. Many great programs that help meet the needs of the Kenmore community and assist them in life. Making a difference in a person's life is easy at First Glance.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with First Glance since 2009 and have been employed with them through 2010. FG is impacting the community. Thankful for the all students that come out weekly and the volunteers that give up countless hours to serve.

 
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I have been Volunteering with First Glance for a little over a year. I love investing in the students. Many of them are coming to escape a home environment and find love, and I love that First Glance is available to them. The volunteers and staff truly love these students and desire for them to not just succeed in life but enter into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ, but they do so in real, loving, and non-threatening ways, just as their mission says.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We started volunteering with the Young Adults at First Glance when our daughter invited us to an evening meeting. That was over 3 years ago and we are still active in this ministry. We have met some wonderful people and have been challenged to live our faith more completely. I challenge everyone to volunteer just one time to see how First Glance is transforming the Kenmore community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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14 people found this review helpful

I have got a lot of great advise from some of the staff and it is a great place to hang out with friends. First Glance is a great place for kids to go to get away from the troubles of the street. There are so many things that you can do like video games, pool, skateboarding, computers, or just hang out with friends. There is also great food!!!

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

Amazing. They are so nice and so caring. Nobody is ever turned away and they know practically everyone's name.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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13 people found this review helpful

First Glance is a fabulous organization that was started up in the inner city and caters to young teens who really have it rough. They provide a place to come and have a good time without the use of drugs or other illegal activities. They provide mentors for the kids that are always willing to listen and offer support through difficult times. They offer education as well as tangible items to young mom's who are struggling trying to raise children in a tough environment. They teach kids about Christ's love and encourage them to become involved in local churches where they can learn more and make a difference in their communities. I don't know of a more positive nonprofit organization than this one in our community. We are very lucky to have such wonderful leaders in our neighborhood with a passion for kids and this community.

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

seeing the change in many of the teens involved in this organization from thugs on the street to teen leaders making a difference in their community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A

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

participating in the Teen Mom's program hosting baby shower's. Seeing the smiles on the Mom's faces when they see all the leaders and volunteers who come to support them and offer them gifts is priceless.

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

passionate, fun, energetic and enthusiastic.

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

offer so much more to the community it is situated in. It could help with the costs of expanding their building, for funding their Teen Mom's program and the babies who are in need of supplies, and for paying additional people to help run the org.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial and for more dedicated volunteers to meet the demands of a growing number of teens participating in the program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope they win the contest because they deserve it!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

 
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14 people found this review helpful

It's been awesome and I have lots of fun. And help people when they need it. Because I like helping out and making friends.

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

friendly and helpful, they got nice people, kind.

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

get a whole new place or remodel this one.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

I was first introduced to First Glance by my younger sisters. I think it's a cool place for the younger kids to hang with their friends and not be causing trouble.

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

keeping kids in the community out of trouble, gives them a place to go.

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

kind, welcoming, nice, patient.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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1 person found this review helpful

First Glance Teen Moms is a wonderful program! I am so surprised that it is not more well known about.

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

watching it grow!

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

seeing just what the program is doing for young America.

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

friendly, knowledgeable, caring, engaging.

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

help and save so many!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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