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.
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EIN 20-2610539
330-848-9685
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Every community should have a First Glance ministry. First Glance is a great ministry that connects with kids and meets them right where they are at.

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

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...working with the great staff on renovation projects.

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

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could help even more people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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6 people found this review helpful

First Glance is an outstanding center. It a has been a great place for kids to have fun and grow in a solid, safe environment. The staff are a group of dedicated individuals who have a heart for kids in need. My experience has been nothing but top notch. I can't think of a place more deserving of this award.

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

I don't think it is easy to work with teens and it would be even harder for those in challenging situations. I think it is a testament to the character of the staff that this is such a successful program. Kudos to them

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

Change the lives of well deserving kids who only need a chance as well as the betterment of an entire community

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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9 people found this review helpful

First Glance does wonderful things in the lives of young adults and the community. This organization truly makes the world a better place!

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

improve the lives of so many more young people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I have been a supporter of First Glance from the moment it began over 5 years ago! I cannot say enough about its director, Noelle Beck & her husband Tim. Their incredible vision, passion and hard work as well as the tremendous support of so many over the years has made First Glance what it is today. Because of this organization kids are discovering love instead of condemnation, hope instead of despair. They are finding safe places to live and work instead of the street or the jail cell.

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

an incredible facility as well as hearing amazing stories of transformation in students lives.

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

Find ways to give it more opportunities to invest in the lives of students.

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

See the results.

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

awesome people with great passion.

Ways to make it better...

I could be more involved.

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

facilities that are limiting their opportunities.

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?

2009-10-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have made many new friends by coming to First Glance. I have a grate place to go and hang out with my friends. It is a grate orginized place for kids to go and have a good time and keep them out of trouble.

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

It gives kids a place to go and keep kids out of trouble.

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

keep things the way they are

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

I get to see my friends outside of school.

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

helpful, nice, grate in general

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

help out more kids

Ways to make it better...

it happened more often

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

dealing with so many kids

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

to being amazing

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

First Glance is supported by our church, located just down the street. First Glance is an outlet to love teens in our community. I am continually encouraged by the stories of changed lives of the students First Glance serves, from teens recommitting to abstinence to forming relationships in a safe environment. The most unique thing First Glance offers is loving teens and bringing them to Christ through non-threatening outlets. It has not only affected and kept literally hundreds of kids off the streets in our community, but it has, in turn, been a beacon of light for the entire community.

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

interacting with youth at church, who were invited and felt welcomed from the staff at First Glance.

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

watching lives changed.

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

selfless, loving and truly passionate about helping our community.

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

expand, offering more services and programs to share God's love with our community and surrounding cities.

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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11 people found this review helpful

I have been a long time financial supporter of First Glance and I can honestly say I can't think of a better place for my money. To hear the stories of lives being changed in Kenmore is amazing to me. The impact First Glance has on these teens and the community in general is like that of the apostles when they set out to share the good news. It's so encouraging to me to be a part of this organizatoin and to know that we are impacting lives for the Kingdom of God.

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

really change the world. First Glance has already done so much with the little they have. If they had no boundaries, nothing holding them back, that ministry would spread across the entire state of Ohio, changing lives, showing kids they are loved.

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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5 people found this review helpful

My sister and her husband are active leaders at first glance. I have seen first hand how dedicated and compassionate the people that donate their time really are. They offer a facility and a group of people that is second to none.

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

Unbelievably dedicated, passionate, and FUN. They are kids themselves at heart and know how to meet the students where they are in their lives.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I am blessed to read the E-mails and letters regarding the students and how many of them are helped and encouraged by this ministry. I am glad to be able to be one of the donors for this ministry. Tim and Noelle are the very best leaders. The students respect and look up to them. Our family has been to many of the open houses, and Tim and Noelle have been in our home.

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

the lives of Tim & Noelle Beck.

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

the faithfulness and fruit of all the labor of the volunteers who love these students deeply.

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

mature and caring and fabulous.

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

reach many more students in Kenmore, if not the whole 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 run by a stellar group of folks that really care about the people that they're in community with. Noelle and Tim, and the leadership team that they've assembled, model what it means to live into people and not just do things for them. They're heart, vision, and passion are all exemplary.

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

make such a huge difference in the community that they're reaching. They have great vision for how to practically & effectively reach out to students and proven methods for doing so. The facility expansions they're working on will aid this all the more.

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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