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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.