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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

13

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is off the charts! I have two boys and still have a lot to learn at teen moms.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to First Glance by my younger sisters. I think it's a cool place for the younger kids to hang with their friends and not be causing trouble.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came with my cousin for the first time November 2006. I liked it so much that I just keep coming.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance Teen Moms is a wonderful program! I am so surprised that it is not more well known about.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 4

It is great to help at First Glance. I have the privilege to be with youth and share my Christian experience with them. Not only do I share with them, but they inspire me with there enthusiasm. Many of the youth are very excited and dedicated student leaders.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ummm, I come here when I can. I come to see friends. But I mainly come to skate wonderful reality.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Went to skate at the church since it was wet. There is no sheltered free area to skate in the area besides here and it was a fun night.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first got involved through y wife who volunteers with Teen Moms. We also did a couple of Friday nights as volunteers. At one time we had a teen mom and her baby living with us. After 2 years helping at various times I became involved as a volunteer leader with the young dads guys here at First Glance.

4

Client Served

Rating: 3

I like the manual pad and the quarter pipe. I also like the kicker ramp. I'll definitely come back another time.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love coming here on Tuesdays. When the weather is bad and you need to skate, this is where its at. Friendly staff and good times.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Its a really great program for alll the young moms teen moms to give them some guidence to raising their children

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think First Glance is awesome because they have games, pool, food, drinks, and skate boarding and computers. My favorite is skateboarding because they have every thing. I like the games to that is my review.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I help in the nursery while the teen moms are in their meeting. I have started working with the young moms and hope that I am impacting their lives.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started comin to First Glance in 2001, I love comin, we do alot of fun things, It's a really nice place to come and meet new people and hang out with your friend the leaders are really nice and they're always there for you!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I hav ea good time every time I come and skate. I mean there is no other free indoor skate park/hangout place to go to when it snows or rains and the people who work here are friendly.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is great. I love them. They are their to help people and that is great. I love them.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

A safe place for kids to skate outside of the streets away from bad influences. The employees are involved with the community and are making a positive influence in the neighborhood.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been here since summer. Great to volunteer! Good expousure 4 my kids. Good to serve w/them. We take care of babies during teen moms.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is a radly fun place. Very nice people. A great and friendly environment. The staff is nice as well.

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

This place is a fantastic thing for skateboarding and the youth in this area. A lot of great talent is being revealed behind these doors.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like to skate and have fun here. My friends come and I like to drop in and learn new tricks.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like First Glance because it is the only skate park in Kenmore. It is the funnest thing in Kenmore. It's amazing.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is a fun great place for me to skateboard, hang out with friends, and learn about God. It's fun and safe.

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

I like hanging out with my friends here. Skateboarding is the best sport ever. First Glance is the perfect place to skate.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My first day here was last Thursday and I really enjoyed it. All the volunteers are very helpful. All of the people I met were very nice.

4

Client Served

Rating: 3

First Glance is fun. I come to skate and hang out . It is a fun park to skate and all my friends come.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is a great place to be. There are tons of kids always having fun. You can meet lots of new people here and I love just hanging out and seeing who shows up

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I helped out a church thing for school that involved helping out kids and doing activities with them along with other things

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love it. Wasabi! First glance is the coolest place to go on Thursday and Friday nights in our area. I love hanging out with all my friends

3

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

There was a thing with a church and school and I helped out by passing stuff out, filling out papers, and helping to watch kids

4

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I helped them when they asked me to at a church for helping kids spell and write better. I really like coming on thursday nights for pizza

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the best place in Kenmore to hang out. All my friends come here on Friday nights to just hang out and eat pizza

3

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am Paige Bukowski and I love the pizza that First Glance gives us on Thursday nights. I also enjoy hanging out with all my friends

3

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance presents a great way for kids to come and be themselves without worrying about what other kids think. It's also a great place for Christian adults to show that they care about the teenagers of a "rough" area. Several members of the youth group and post high school class at my church only came to our church because of the people they had met here. It's a marvelous, well-run organization.