First Glance Student Center, Inc.

Rating: 4.84 stars   250 reviews

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  

3 people found this review helpful

I think First Glance is probably the best thing to happen to the Kenmore area. For years the kids had nothing to do and continually got into trouble. Since it's inception, the kids have had a warm, loving place to go where they are totally accepted for who they are. The leaders are not there to babysit, but to mentor. It's a bridge between the kids and the local churches...a great set-up!

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

the lives of my neighbors and my own children.

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

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

The mission remains the same!

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

were excellent!

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

take over Kenmore!

Ways to make it better...

can't think of anything!

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

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

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  

5 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with First Glance since the night they first opened. It is, over nine years later, still one of the things I most look forward to every week. The leadership of First Glance is passionate about teens and the community of Kenmore. What an outstanding organization to be involved with!

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

the church I work with. Many of the students from First Glance have furthered their connection to Christ by being involved in our church's youth ministry.

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

The passion this organization has to be the best at what it does. I love to be around people who have no time to be lazy or stagnant in what they're doing. First Glance has NEVER been that way.

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

Passionate, committed, pretty much sold out. What better could you ask for?

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

be more stable in its long term plans, its ability to staff, and more successful in its mission over the long haul!

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: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been a part of First Glance for 4 years now.And I admire the vision we have for the students.Which is to connect the students to Christ and the church through a loving non-threatining enviroment. And no matter what happens at First Glance the students always come first, in all the decisions that are made.It is sometimes easy to lose focus on our purpose but the staff does a wonderful job on keep leaders in focus on what it is we do.I have been blessed with opportunities to do things for some students that there parents can't or just won't do. Like help learn how to drive a car, take them to a park, or even support them in a school activity they are a part of. And to walk in on a friday night and have a dozen or so young walk up to me and shake my hand or give me a high five is an awesome feeling since I older than alot of their parents are.

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

seeing the number of students come to our church

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

The feeling of being a part of a family

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

awesome

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

keep doing what is has been doing for a long long time

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  

5 people found this review helpful

It has been my privilege to volunteer as a leader with First Glance for the past two years. This is an organization filled with people who are passionate about serving students. It's a dynamic atmosphere where we as leaders build relationships with students and are then able to truly meet the needs in their lives. What a great opportunity to impact the lives of these kids and teach them values and integrity that starts with a personal relationship with Christ.

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

watching students change the way they view the world around them and how they can have an impact.

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

expand the facilities to have more recreational areas.

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

interacting with students and building their trust.

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

passionate and extremely kind.

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

make an extreme impact on the community through larger venues and more staff to reach more students.

Ways to make it better...

their were more leaders to help.

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

financial.

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

I love First Glance!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-5-01

 
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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2009-9-01

 
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Role: Volunteer
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2009-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

no changes

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?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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

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?

2009-9-01

 
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