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First Glance Student Center, Inc.

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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

263 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

With my experiences with this place, I’ve came to know many other students and I’ve been able to expand my leadership skills. This place has also helped me expand my knowledge on how to share my faith, There is no doubt in my heart that I love this place and I will fight For it and continue here until my last breath.

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1 Roselynn Christine Danyell M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place so much we have so much fun and everybody there loves and cares about everybody

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1 Liz M.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the best place ever ! You makes friends these people are like family :) definitely recommend!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The leaders are wonderful and care about you and me. They embrace their love for each student individually.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that no matter what program you go to you will feel welcomed by the leaders and I also love the teen moms program as they have helped me through a lot being a young mom with a kid and one on the way in December

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place has been where I've grown to know and love God more than any other place. It is my church. It's how I am part of the Church. It's where God parts the clouds and shines on his people. The staff is very dedicated to serving the people of Kenmore. The volunteers are so selfless in their care. It's changed my life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The thing that makes FG so great is the wonderful volunteers that give so much of themselves to help the students.

1 Corey17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As the director of a local non-profit organization, I've been aware of First Glance for a long time and over the years have gotten to experience firsthand the transformative impact they have on the lives of so many awesome students and people in the community. First Glance is a staple of the community of Kenmore and has a restorative & tangible impact on the lives of all those who are lucky enough to be involved with it through their various programs, as volunteers, donors, etc. While at times it can seem hard to quantify or put hard measurements on the impact of First Glance on the lives of those who are a part of it, the positive impact of this organization has reverberated for 15 + years and has only gotten stronger over time.

aliak08

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a student when it first opened and now volunteer when available. The organization has impacted my life and has shaped me into the person I am today. The organization has dedicated volunteers who take time to invest in various programs that is offered at the center.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a student at First Glance before I became a leader. I have been involved with First Glance since 2002. It's been a blessing working with First Glance. The leaders and student leaders that I work with work so hard to make great things happen. Will everyone that is involved with FG does amazing job! Thanks to GOD for his work. When I went to Costa Rica mission trip this summer I preached to people that are pregant at teenage and teens that do drugs, and I think to myself I wish they had a First Glance there ro help them with the struggles they go through, to lead them into Christ. :) I'm pleased what God is doing in this organization.

1 Mary430

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Totally dedicated volunteers and staff provide a loving environment that changes the lives of at-risk kids. They have made a huge impact on the entire community

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A safe place for students, teen mom's and young adults (often facing difficult circumstances) to meet, connect with caring mentors and receive genuine acceptance! The volunteers at First Glance are fully committed to the young people in the community. This is a truly amazing organization and we love the great work they are doing!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at First Glance! Love First Glance that is changing teen/young adult lives & the community for the better & for Christ! I have volunteered for a lot of places in my life but non as loving, caring & compassionate as this group...staff & volunteers that give back in so many ways...& even opening up their homes!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance is a group of enthusiatic, passionate & awesome individuals who give of their time (leaders & the volunteers) reaching out with their hearts and God's love, in a committment to the youth of Kenmore. The youth can come and be accepted with unconditional love & where they are in a safe non-threatening environment. Everything the leaders & volunteers do is a positive impact in training these youth to want to be better citizens, and helping them to grow to bring up their children to make a better community in Kenmore. They are making a difference in the lives of teenagers, and in the Kenmore community being changed for God's Glory. They are giving them hope & direction thru caring for each teen that comes thru the doors. The staff of volunteers are also giving them a chance to get off the streets, and also teaching them how to make better choices in their lives & the opportunities to set goals in their lives. Karen Freeman & Nicole Beck have so much contagious enthusiam and are really passionate for this ministry of changing lives for Christ!

Lori171

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at First Glance in the Young Adult program. As a volunteer, I love the relationships that I have built with the young people and other volunteers who are a part of our program. First Glance offers young people a safe haven. Just a week or so ago, one of the Young Adults mentioned that we are his family. At First Glance we are family. We accept one another for who we are and support each other through the good and bad times. I love this organization and wish every community had a First Glance.

Stacy71

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great people. Great mission. Great Atmosphere. Love to see how genuine the care for the students and the community is at FG. Lives have been changed bc this place was created❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance does a great job of reaching out to the youth of the community by providing a place of refuge and fun for those that need a place where they can trust in people who lead them in the direction of knowing Christ.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's fun and safe and they care about you also help you out anyway they can !!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance is a place where all are accepted and loved. Lasting friendships and relationships are built. As a volunteer, I feel very much a part of the family. There is geunine love and care between voluteers and students.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love first glance. It's such a great place filled with fun compassionate individuals

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with First Glance for over 7 years now. In that time I have seen great things come from them. Everything from individual lives being transformed to the entire community as a whole. I'm thankful to be a part of such a great organization and am excited for the future.

hris

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Glance is an awesome place to be. There are many things to do such as, play pool, get on computers, air hockey, and many more fun activities. Definitely deserves my five stars!

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is fun and safe, I like coming to FG to get away from my house and to hang out with friends.

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is a great place for opportunities. I would come if you can.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I like coming to First Glance because its a great place for teens to come meet up with there friends and hang out in a non-violent,safe and fun environment.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a staff volunteer for a little under a month but before this I was a student leader and spent a lot of my free time here at first glance. The leaders are all amazing I've connected and became very close with a few of them. The programs its self helps a lot of teens that walk through the doors! Love this place!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Looking to help teens, young adults, teen moms, preschoolers, or skate boarders connect to Christ while building a relationship with them? This is the place for you. Many great programs that help meet the needs of the Kenmore community and assist them in life. Making a difference in a person's life is easy at First Glance.

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.

jessicalee107

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with First Glance since 2009 and have been employed with them through 2010. FG is impacting the community. Thankful for the all students that come out weekly and the volunteers that give up countless hours to serve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been Volunteering with First Glance for a little over a year. I love investing in the students. Many of them are coming to escape a home environment and find love, and I love that First Glance is available to them. The volunteers and staff truly love these students and desire for them to not just succeed in life but enter into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ, but they do so in real, loving, and non-threatening ways, just as their mission says.

Lana4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We started volunteering with the Young Adults at First Glance when our daughter invited us to an evening meeting. That was over 3 years ago and we are still active in this ministry. We have met some wonderful people and have been challenged to live our faith more completely. I challenge everyone to volunteer just one time to see how First Glance is transforming the Kenmore community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

i love first glance . its impacted my life in such a good way. ive met most of my closest friends through this organization. also its just a safe place to hang out and just be yourself and have fun. the leaders are all amazing people. noel has played a very long role in my life. all the leaders are friendly and caring. its somehwere to go when you have nothing else.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love them. I go to first Glance every week and its the best organization that i have been to ever. They look at all the teens as their kids. First Glance is thier to help all of the students. Its a great place for all the students to go to when they are just on the streets getting in trouble. They need all the help they can get to make all of us better.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have got a lot of great advise from some of the staff and it is a great place to hang out with friends. First Glance is a great place for kids to go to get away from the troubles of the street. There are so many things that you can do like video games, pool, skateboarding, computers, or just hang out with friends. There is also great food!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance is a fabulous organization that was started up in the inner city and caters to young teens who really have it rough. They provide a place to come and have a good time without the use of drugs or other illegal activities. They provide mentors for the kids that are always willing to listen and offer support through difficult times. They offer education as well as tangible items to young mom's who are struggling trying to raise children in a tough environment. They teach kids about Christ's love and encourage them to become involved in local churches where they can learn more and make a difference in their communities. I don't know of a more positive nonprofit organization than this one in our community. We are very lucky to have such wonderful leaders in our neighborhood with a passion for kids and this community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's been awesome and I have lots of fun. And help people when they need it. Because I like helping out and making friends.