First Glance Student Center, Inc.

Rating: 4.83 stars   244 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Religion

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  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

hearing from people who are currently impacted by First Glance and from those who have been impacted in the past.

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

n/a

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

The people involved with it truly care about the students that they impact.

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

Giving, kind, and caring.

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

Do amazing things for the students in an area of Akron who may not have the best options of activities and of places to go.

Ways to make it better...

n/a

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

The economic difficulties - fund raising.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

I have watched the board guide and help First Glance. I also have seen the change it has made in young lives.

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

The dedication of the director and other staff. I love watching the kids have fun and learn how to be kind to each other.

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

dedicated, loving, kind, and helpful

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

Change the entire community to help kids learn, grow, and look to their future in positive ways.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

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.

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

8+ years of growth. Saw it in the early beginnings and how it has grown to be a well respected and important part of the Kenmore area.

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

The students and how much impact the organization has made in their lives.

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

Extraordinary.

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

Open up similar programs throughout the northeast ohio area and beyond.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

the people I have met... students and leaders. It is great to be part of this team!

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

Kind, fun, and passionate.

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  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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

in watching the teen moms see hope.

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

real ministry in real time.

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

diverse.

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

house teen moms so that true life change could be even more possible.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

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!!

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

listening to people in the community rave about First Glance & how they loved, encouraged, respected, & challenged teenagers.

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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5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

The students from First Glance have served as the main body of volunteers for a series of yearly community events. Acting as hosts, craft aides, costumed characters, and set up and clean up crew.

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

seeing the tremendous impact that they have had on "at risk" kids.

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

extremely dedicated, selfless, and talented people giving freely of their time, talent, and self.

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

reach a greater number of "at risk" with additional and more extensive programs.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

 
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