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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Christianity, Community Service Clubs, Religion, Youth Development Programs

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.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a recent supporter of First Glance, I was drawn to the organization because of their passion for working with children, teens and young adults. The love for the Christ and the community is evident from the support staff down to the volunteers, this is truly an organization that believes in and carries out their mission.

Chip W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a supporter of First Glance for many years as a financial supporter and more recently as a board member. First Glance makes an impact for the common good of the Kenmore community everyday. What impresses me most is that majority of the staff and a lot of the volunteers live right in the Kenmore neighborhood they serve. Truly the existence of this student center makes the world a better place.

John272

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first became involved with First Glance through my church and was quickly convinced it was providing wonderful programs and services to young people who had great needs. So, when I was asked to fill a board position as a finance person, I accepted the honor right away. The employees and volunteers at First Glance are committed to helping these young people in many ways.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am thrilled to be involved with First Glance. The impact that this agency has on the youth in Kenmore is amazing. It would be nice if there were more places around that offered the services that First Glance offers.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

First Glance is a great place for kids to hang out, have fun, and learn in a safe environment. I live in Kenmore and have seen the effect First Glance has had on the community and how it meets the needs of kids. Teen Moms helps young mothers learn how to care for their child (children). They learn how to nurture and teach their young children. The volunteers are dedicated to influencing these young lives in many positive ways.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Organization provides a great place for kids to hang out and stay out of trouble. The need is extremely huge in the Akron Kenmore area. Volunteers are very dedicated to the students and cause.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served either on the board or as a volunteer leader for the past 6 years. Great opportunity to see lives of young people changed for the better over that time. Some of the greatest, kindest, most passionate people I know are involved in this ministry. I love what this ministry stands for.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

First Glance is an amazing place. In a day when we have "throw away" youth and a death culture, First Glance is making a difference. They are meeting a need that the local churches cannot because they meet the youth when they are. The "difference" that is made in one life at a time will be measured in eternity.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

It's often said "ACTION speaks louder than words". And, if you want action, First Glance is the place to be. As a former resident of Kenmore, FG is a lifetime dream & prayer of my mother. Great place, great staff, great volunteers, great fun leads to changed lives!! FG is making an impact in Kenmore!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a community organizer for other service organizations in the Kenmore community I have had the joy of working with First Glance students and volunteers since its inception nine years ago. It has been wonderful watching the organization grow and to see the benefit reaped by the students and the entire community. First Glance exemplifies what a nonprofit should be. It is unsurpased in the quality of its volunteers and its committment to the youth in this community. They have found creative ways to reach out and to postively influence the students. I feel blessed that I have recently been able to take a more active role in helping First Glance grow.