First Glance Student Center, Inc.

Rating: 4.84 stars   258 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.

Programs:

Recreational programs first glances recreational programs include rec night and skate night. These programs give students a safe environment where they can participate in recreational activities and hang out with both their friends and adult mentors. Rec nights average 130 students ranging in age from 12-19 and include activities such as basketball, dodge ball, dancing, card games and more. Skate nights are for students who are specifically interested in skateboarding. First glance hosts the only indoor skate park in the area and gives students the opportunity to practice new tricks, repair skate equipment and build ramps alongside volunteer mentors. The program averages 26 students per week.

moms programs the teen moms program of first glance student center has grown considerably in its seven years of existence. Currently, it has been expanded to include young moms, young dads and tiny glancers. Moms are continually instructed in basic life and parenting skills such as finances, cooking, sewing and physical and emotional care of their children. Additionally, the tiny glancers, the children of these young mothers, are being prepared for kindergarten and a lifetime of learning. Incentives are offered for participation, with earned baby dollars. The moms are able to purchase needed baby/child items from our boutique and take their children on educational trips, which would be unavailable to them otherwise. Both the teen and young moms programs average 25 students per week.

mentor programs all of first glances programs focus on building relationships between students and adult mentors. The student leader program averaging 15 students is a co-ed program that specifically deals with students who are seeking to be leaders and role models among their peers or who have been identified as those with that potential. Ladies night out averaging 25 students weekly provides an opportunity for middle and high school girls to deal with the very real relationship struggles that accompany their age. Man up averaging 12 students weekly focuses on encouraging middle and high school boys to become men of character. Young adults averaging 30 students is for those students who exceed the age limit of other programs.

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Reviews for First Glance Student Center, Inc.

Role: General Member of the Public
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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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12 people found this review helpful

First Glance is an amazing place for teens to go and make new friends, hang out with other friends and just be themselves. Everyone there always is having fun and if theres something you want to talk to someone about theres always someone who is there to listen. Its also a place to keep kids out of trouble!

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

Just the staff and how great they listen to you and everything. Also I never get picked on like I did at other clubs because I don't fit in or something everyone there is very nice most of the time.

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

i like how it is now really

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

Girls Just Want to Have Fun is the best thing its like someone is really seeing what every girl goes through in their lives. Every Thursday and friday are amazing that we just get to go have fun and do whatever

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

So nice and always great listeners!

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

Go so far, it would be just amazing if they got 10 million dollars! they could fix up some of the things in the place now and it would be awesome

Ways to make it better...

No comment my expericence there are always something to come home and talk about!

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

i honestly think it would be probably money but i wouldnt know.

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

Its the best thing that has ever happened in my life and many others as well

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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12 people found this review helpful

I was at a recent open house at first glance. since last time i was their it has grew is size and it is still to small for all the things that they do. It is a great place for young teen to hang out and stay out of trouble. I think god for helping them with all they do and what they can do in the future.

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

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

how many different things they have to offer and the idea they have for what they want to do in the future.

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

very passionate about what they are doing and belive in.

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

continue to expand and reach more kids in the comunity

Ways to make it better...

i lived closer and could help out.

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

number of kids coming in and out with lack of respect.

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?

2009-9-01

 
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12 people found this review helpful

it the best place to be and it's a hang out place for teenagers and u can eat drinks there is candy pop

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

first glance

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

none

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

u dont pay for the award

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

tim beck noelle beck tim pryor and nathan and nathan yokum

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

i would extend first glance playing area

Ways to make it better...

there is not any better experince

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

none

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

it the best place ever

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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13 people found this review helpful

I am a part of a local church that supports First Glance with volunteers and encouragement. I was a former leader of an abstinence prevention program in a neighboring community that ended recently due to budget cuts. I have had the opportunity to refer a bunch of the kids that were in my class to First Glance. They were so excited about what First Glance is doing, and even bigger revues from the parents. Parents were relieved to have a place for their kids to go-a safe place. The leadership at First Glance, and their commitment is phenomenal. Talk about a beacon of light in a community.

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

genuine, loving and most of all concerned with the kids well-being. This is not something you can buy at the store, but a true love for people. They are wonderful!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

I attended a First Glance open house. I am very impressed with the leaders and staff and the many programs they provide. First Glance provides a safe place where teens can go and be shown the love and concern they deserve. The leaders are a positive role model that is missing in so many young lives today. First Glance has creatively used their resources and continues to grow and add new programs. There are to be commended for great impact they have made on the community.

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

very enthusiastic about their involvement with First Glance.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

 
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11 people found this review helpful

i have had alot of fun here.i play my guitar here almost every thursday here. my band performed here a few weeks ago. and i always have fun

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

a lot of fun.

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

Ways to make it better...

i dont think it can be.

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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12 people found this review helpful

I have been coming to firstglance since i was 12 now i am 17 years old im about to be 18. Firstglance is a great place to come to, to come hangout with freinds and relax and have snacks, and especially pizza.I remember the first time i was here they had the old side is was so cool the first time i came it was so cool, and i have came since, And i remeber when they got the other part they were closed awhile, and they were rebuilding it. ad when the first time they reopened i was so happy, And when they let us in i was suprised what they did, Firstglance is a cool place and i use to be a student leader but now i am not, But i still come to firstglance because it is so cool, and i aint got much more time to come here.

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

Helping people , And Saw it chnage

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

I wouldnt make no changes its all good and cool.

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

Hanging out with my freinds and i have met some people who are my bestfreinds now.

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

So nice , and kind, and they have helped me through alot

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

Become bigger or relocate

Ways to make it better...

I would of stayed a student leader

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

My behavior but i have changed alot since ive came here

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

This is the coolest place in kenmore, and its changed alot of people

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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