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September 16, 2009

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September 16, 2009

I have been blessed to see First Glance grow from the very beginning. I came on as a leader when there were about 6 of us total and maybe 25 kids. Now there are well over 30 leaders and always over 100 students on a given night. It's been amazing to see this organization grow and really see the students take ownership of it. The building meets many areas of the students lives and most have had a part in building/decorating it. A lot of these students even come on as leaders once they graduate and help with the younger students. This organization strives to give teenagers a safe, non-threatening environment to hang out in. First Glance is a place where students can be themselves, while staying off the streets. I am so thankful to have been a part of it all these years and can't wait to see what the future holds.

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

Buy a bigger, more efficient building for reaching out to more students as well as buy better equipment, hire additional full time staff, and buy resources to help these students fulfill their potential.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

I have been a volunteer leader at First Glance now for almost three years. In that time I have been able to witness the great changes that take place in the lives of students due to the dedication of the people at First Glance. My life has also been impacted by the joy of serving God in my community and being able to take part in such positive changes in these kids.

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

countless changed lives. Kids turning away from drugs, alcohol and abusive relationships. Kids discovering Gods love and the joy of serving others.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

Just got involved this Summer volunteering at First Glance. It is a place kids can feel safe, let down their guard and enjoy being a kid. I like the way they give the kids freedom to be themselves, express themselves - yet know how to draw the line and give them the love of Christ. Its a great place to be a part of.

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

talking to the kids and seeing and hearing what his place means to them.

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

being able to do something purposeful while enjoying being with the people serving and the kids being served.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

This is an amazing organization. In the middle of a city in which teens are often faced with opportunities to be involved in crime, First Glance gives them other (good) choices. The staff teaches them - what to do to stay out of trouble, how to care for babies born to teen moms, why it's a good idea to abstain from sex, God and giving back to the community. Kudos to FG!

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

Change the lives of millions of youngsters.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 15, 2009

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September 15, 2009

First Glance meets a need in so many lives of children. Teen moms not only reaches the teens but their babies. It is awesome to see the close relationships the young people have with the leaders. It is a great program with great people.

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

I have watched this organizations reach lives in peril and be a hope to them in the darkeness. It is heartwarming to see the interactions with the kids and leaders.

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

no changes

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

The loving bond between the leaders and the support to both leaders and students.

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

Warm and caring. These workers have a heart for the students and it really is more than a passing thing. This is a way of life for most of the leaders.

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

move mountains in kenmore. There are so many more things we need to do.

Ways to make it better...

There is nothing that could improve my experience. There is always fundraising issues with more money they could definitely move those mountains.

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

fundraising

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

these people are selfless and really do love the kids they work with.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 15, 2009

First Glance is a place where kids can come & just be themselves and feel safe even if it is just for a couple hours a week. Each of the adults involved in this group truly care about the kids & want to help them better their lives. I am blessed to be a small part of this each week.

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

learning more about caring for others & showing the love of Christ.

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

the conversations with kids that I have been a part of & sharing my life experiences with them in hopes to encourage them in their choices.

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

wonderful! You can see that each staff member and volunteer truly cares for each of the kids!

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

Wow, it could revolutionize the community for Christ. They are trying to do that even without 10 million bucks!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

First Glance helps students in the community stay out of trouble and provides positive role-models in their life. Tons of students show up every week and love the environment. Please consider First Glance for the Youth Achieve Award

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

loving, caring individuals

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

start them in multiple cities around the world

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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September 14, 2009

First Glance is the most effective urban youth ministry in the Akron area. It is a model that should be adopted and incorporated in other Ohio cities, and around the country.

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

its unique, non-threatening approach to sharing the gospel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

first glance is making a difference in the lives of kenmore teens. in fact, it is making such a diference in many kenmore teens that everyone some of these kids will ever interact with will be impacted. the first glance leaders and volunteers love these teens and the teens can tell. overtime, these same teens allow that same love to flow from them to others, and therefore first glance is impacting the world, one student at a time. first glance should be considered for the youth achive award.

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

getting to know the youth of kenmore and sharing God's love with them

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 14, 2009

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September 14, 2009

Having assisted with a couple of grant writing projects in the past, I was impressed with the dedication of the leadership at First Glance and with the stewardship of the resources and opportunities available to them. I believe fully that First Glance is an exceptional organization who cares deeply about the youth they serve and the quality of services they offer. This authenticity is recognized by the students whose attendance and participation have only continued to increase in response. The very fact that First Glance has continued to grow and extend their reach within the community of Kenmore, Ohio is a testament to both the faith and hard work of their leaders and volunteers, and their belief in the potential of the youth they have committed to mentoring.

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

Dedicated. Rarely have I seen a non-profit with as many committed volunteers as First Glance. People see what First Glance is doing and want to be a part of it.

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

Complete their expansion program to provide adequate space for the programs they offer the students they serve. . . and extend their reach even further. Every bit of funding they receive is put to it's best use.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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