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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
Write a Review

See How $25 Can Help

More Info

EIN 20-2610539
330-848-9685
Invite people to share their experience with this nonprofit!

Promote This Nonprofit

GreatNonprofits badges allow you to raise awareness of your favorite nonprofits on your own web sites!

Review this charity on
GreatNonprofits

Community Reviews

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

First Glance is amazing! The leaders of this organization truly have a desire to see lives changed by Christ's love. Each leader comes with a genuine and authentic love for each kid from the neighborhood. It is inspiring to see and experience such a positive influence in the town of Kenmore.

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

Seeing how the people influenced want to stay involved and give back.

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

Change nothing, keep on keepin on.

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

The authentic love from the First Glance leaders.

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

Amazing, fun & excited about life!

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

Transform our community and continue to touch lives & hearts.

Ways to make it better...

Couldn't get better than a Thursday night at First Glance.

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

Funding.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I'm alway so impacted by the stories of numerous youth this program helps. I am fortunate enough to be close friends with a few adults in the program who feel called to serve as vessels in this way. I hope their erenst effort to make a difference in so many lives is rewarded in the Youth Thrive Award.

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

hearing stories of the challenges and triupmhs from volunteers and member on board with the program.

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 changs and the differnece they make one life at a time.

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

always so humble and blessed to be doing the work they do.

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

really serve as a tremedous tool to implement some of the wonderful ideas they have invsioned, provide better means for the people they are assisting, and better support the wonderful staff involved.

Ways to make it better...

i knew more and were more proactive in perhaps becoming a part.

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?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

love this place, without it i wouldnt be the person i am today! i love coming every week and skating the most :)

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

skating and helpin when i can.

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

buy a bigger building and more ramps

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

ha skating and hangin out. having something to do on tuesdays, thursdays and fridays.

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

all nice and have all helped me improve my life in some way

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

buildmore ramps :) buy a bigger building

Ways to make it better...

it was a bigger building

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

money and donations

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

i love this place and hope it stays open for future kids

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 4 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

As an outsider who has been aware of First Glance, I am amazed at the dedication of the staff and the love they have for these teens. Many teens who would not otherwise have a positive place to spend time, are finding many reasons to go to First Glance. The teen mom program is filling in the gap where there has been a need. Tutoring teens, those at risk, and others adds to the service environment. And of course, the staff, at low or no salaries are so dedicated and know how to provide a fun environment within defined boundaries.

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

incredibly dedicated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-1-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I've been a teacher in a public high school in the area for the past ten years and seen so many at-risk students who can benefit greatly from the work of First Glance. The volunteers make a huge investment in these kids and change the course of their lives in many cases. The local community is blessed to have this organization working to support its young people.

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

young men and women who have a meaningful connection with a positive role model.

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

the non-conventional approach to reaching a generation at risk.

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

selfless and filled with compassion for the youth in their community.

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

expand the programs for teen moms.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

It's amazing to see what is being done in the lives of the kids in Kenmore! As someone who works in a school I see the challenges faced by teens on a daily basis. First Glance cares for the whole child and provides a safe and positive enviroment for them to grow and mature into productive young adults.

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

make it bigger to serve more studnets!

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

kind, caring and genuine.

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

really do some amazing things.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend there.

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

economic.

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

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve... Frist Glance serves the students in the best way possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Was this review helpful? 
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

First Glance is a vital ministry for the teens in the Akron/ Kenmore community. Over the years, growing up in the Kenmore area, I have seen the culture and environment of this area change. First Glance provides a haven – safe place – where teens can meet, socialize with other teens in a supervised area, keeping them off the dangerous streets. The First Glance leaders work closely with area churches providing the teens a solid moral structure for their lives – many of these teens have no structure or guidance from their homes at all. I have watch this ministry grow for the past several years as my daughter has been a youth leader there. The dedication of the leaders is truly amazing. Their hearts ache for the students they become involved with. They become wonderful role models for the teens and show these teens the true love of God. Many teens have totally redirected their lives because of the guidance of the First Glance Ministry. -Diane Corr

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

watching my daughter grow as a leader there. Her heart is poured into those teenagers and I see how much they need good examples and role models like her in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I have been going to first glance since i was in the 6th grade. now im in 9th and theres has been alot of changes since then. they bought the neighbors office and changed it into a huge extension for first glance. there pizza & pop is pretty cheap, you can get the "special" which is 2 pieces of pizza and a can of pop for only 1.25! if you ask me, first glance is what got me to be not shy to talk to other people. this is the best teen center that has ever existed.

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

Thursdays & Fridays

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

do nothing

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

that ive ade alot of new friends going there

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

very nice. Tim & Noelle are probably the friendliest peoplei have ever met. Nate is hilarious!

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

purchase everything that they needed to and they'd probably give the rest to charity

Ways to make it better...

its already perfect

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

MONEY there planning the first glance explosion to raise 900000 dollars all for the expansion for fg!

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

FG forever!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

This program has a great outreach to the children in it's community. They are available to kids that are being forgotten. The teen mom program helps give these young girls support and answers that they may not receive. When the doors first opened the kids poured in and found a great place to hang out and stay off of the streets. They provide a place to learn morales, and have fun!

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

seeing pictures of all the children enjoying the facility and being apart of the classes that are given there.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

Was this review helpful? 
Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

First Glance is a safe place for teens to come and to grow as they are surrounded by Christians. And as a 2 time visitor this place has touched me in a way I would have never imagined I wish every city had a place like First Glance

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

seeing the kids being themselves but in a safe place that as they grow they can grow with

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

loving and caring indivuals who truly care about the kids and the community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

Was this review helpful?