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  

12 people found this review helpful

I absolutly love first glance!! its an amazing place where you can go to be yourself. everyone is welcome which is wonderful and no one here will judge you. this is such a great place and i look forward to coming here every week!:)

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

kenmore

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

make it every night

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

it allows me somthing to do everyweek for free and thats fun

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

tim and noel beck

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

expand and reach more people

Ways to make it better...

its fine the way it is

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

money issues

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

i love this place!

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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7 people found this review helpful

i have fun and i get to see all of my friends....and my girl friend.then i see alot of other people.that i would like to get to know.

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

it could buy more stuff for use to do...maybe even buy another building

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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8 people found this review helpful

it's a fun place to hang with freinds and neighbore there is skate night there is game systems and there food pop and candy and IT'S CHEAP!

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

IT'S AWSOME TO WIN AN AWARD

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...

IS WRITING ABOUT FIRST GLANCE

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

TIM BECK ,NOELLE BECK ,SCOTT TIM PRYOR,NATHAN YOKAM

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

BUY A BIGGER BUILDING AND EXTEND THE SKATE ROOM

Ways to make it better...

NOTHING

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

NOTHING

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

IT'S BLAST AND THERE IS A LOT OF THING U CAN DO AT FIRST GLANCE

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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7 people found this review helpful

I have never actually been in the building of First Glance to witness everything that goes on. But, I hear positive weekly stories about how helpful this organization is to the female teens I mentor. I also see pictures and hear updates about this program through volunteers that attend the same church that I do. From everything I hear and see, First Glance is a positive Christian experience for everyone involved.

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

uplifting and they really know how to love others the way Jesus loves us.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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5 people found this review helpful

First Glance is an amazing organization that helps keep kids off of the streets and give them opportunities to be mentored in a safe and nonthreatening environment.

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

meet the needs of so many kids!

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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3 people found this review helpful

I can't think of any other organization that should be honored with the Youth Thrive Award. First Glance is more than a building or program for teens...it is a family. A family that provides support in times of crises. A family that seeks to build one another up in love. A family that is empowering and equipping the next generation of leaders within our world. Thank you First Glance for the change you are making in Kenmore, and its surrounding communities.

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

seeing the changed lives of young people and the volunteers that help.

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

The leadership team.

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

Dedicated and competent.

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

Create thriving environments where teens can gather and be better equipped for life. More developed after-school programs. The broadening of its teen moms program.

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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