Over 1.8 million nonprofits and charities for donors, volunteers and funders

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit

First Glance Student Center, Inc.

14,774 pageviews

Claim This Nonprofit

More Info

Add to Favorites

Share this Nonprofit

Donate

Volunteering Oportunities

Nonprofit Overview

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

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience has been of one looking in from the outside as I'm not directly involved in the organization; I clean for them. However, I've seen the commitment the leaders have for these kids to the point of some actually quitting their paid jobs and working for "peanuts" or nothing at all. The leaders are trying to make a difference in the kids" lives. One criticism I have is that they need to stress to the kids that things do not come easy; go easy on things that aren't theirs personally. I'm referring to the furniture they provide the kids with in the meetingplace; it gets beat up pretty bad at times. But I guess we all can be like that!

10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance leaders not only invest their time but their very lives and here's how! Some leaders have moved into the community,some have given up good paying jobs to work for very little,some have taken students into their homes,some are awakened in the night by phone calls and urgent needs,some find jobs for the students,but all share God's love throughout the program.It is making a difference in the students,their families,and the community.I am privileged to be a part of it.

9

Client Served

Rating: 4

I like first glance for the block of kids. It is making kids more friendly and it is helping us out when we nothing to do.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I come to First Glance. I was a freash man it was the best thing for me then I become almost leader at the place and shown kids to God.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is awesome. It has food, games, fun, and people. I can hang out with all my friends here. The staff is nice. They would help u out with everything and i love theme nights.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place coming here all the time, dancing was the best. When halloween came around we had coffin races I loved winning all the time it was great.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Shaylynn. I have been coming here since the 6th grade. I am now in the 8th grade and attending Innes Middle School. My bday is oct. 2

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place is awesome. I love the staff and people their all verry friendly. I love Project Shine, and just getting out and helping the community with first glance and my friends.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's very fun, exciting, and interesting. I come hear every thurs and fri. There are a lot of people. There is also a lot of games.

7

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love First Glance. The leaders are friendly and much fun. It is so fun and all of my fam is and tim.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a bad past and I need time to myself. I can come and enjoy myself and I can come and injoy myself away from my family to just calm down and have fun. When I come here I can be a kid.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have made many friends with both boys and girls. I like everyone here and I can trust people here.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Great place to meet people, have fun, and learn a story or two. Leaders help you to straighten your life out and are a great influence. This place does great things and could use all the help they can get.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I like coming here. It is fun. I get to talk to every one of my friends. I enjoy this place.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this place is fun. I get to hang out with my friends. And I get to see everybody even people I haven't seen in a while.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is fun because there are alot of activateys and you can hang with friends and with leders and have fun.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy first glance I've made alot of new friends. first glance is a place for me to go and not get into trouble and avoid drama. Also to just get away for a while.

5

Client Served

Rating: 3

First Glance is a unique place and it may be rambunctious at times. it is still a pretty chill place.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to first glance. we wanted to go there so much. I had so much fun. it is so fun.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really have come to first glance to have a great time with my friends and to get to have time with my girl friend.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

The last time I was here it was a great tiem and I have lots of friends here so thank you for being the best club ever.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this organization. I love the party. I love to fun. I love the people. I love the pizza. I love the candy. i love the pop. I love the water. I love the fun.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

this place is the mad note yo made by god himself and handed to the best people ever the first glance staff. it's fun. be free.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

One time there was a guy named Nate, and he would open First Glance on Tuesdays so me and my team could practive Parkour.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoy my time there, but it is getting to the point where I might stop coming because of the annoying little kids. There's too many of them here. They should have certain spots for certain age groups. Then there wouldn't be that much drama as there is now.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well I have to ay this year was more of me learning what it truly would take being a leader of faith. So I took a lot of time reflecting important things in my life. It's taking a while but coming easier and easier every day. Don't get me wrong it's still so hard, but give I give it my all.

7

Client Served

Rating: 3

I started coming here years ago. It is a great place and the leaders and the students are so nice.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been coming here since i was 12. I've been here since they had the old side. When they started building the new side, they were closed and I couldn't wait until they reopened. They reopened I was so happy because First Glance is so awesome.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been going here since 6th grade, been through renovation and every where its a nice place to hang out with friends.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

First Glance is tight. I like to play pool and basketball. It is a good place to hang out. It's great!

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's amazing to see what is being done in the lives of the kids in Kenmore! As someone who works in a school I see the challenges faced by teens on a daily basis. First Glance cares for the whole child and provides a safe and positive enviroment for them to grow and mature into productive young adults.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

The last time I was here and before that I had a great time and the food is good and I plan to come here alot.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well the first time I came here with my cuz's. We were havin fun chillin, playing contests, playing games, listen to music and havin a great time. I alwayz have fun and enjoying my time w/ friends and new friends.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I think this place is pretty cool. I have alot of fun. I had pretty good time and some pretty bad times. I like how we can hang out with my friends. Also we can get food. The last experience is when we went to Kalahari.

7

Client Served

Rating: 4

Well the first time I came here, I was with my friend. She had told me about this club, so I had thought I would join.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I heard of First Glance 2 years ago and have been coming since I've brought all of my cousins here. I love how you get to get on the internet, play video games and mess around.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found first Glance to really care about the whole child.Mind, body, but most of all Spirit.This meeting place is a safe landing place for all the kids that want to feel they belong and are loved.They aro NOT a throw-a-way item as some think.First glance takes them at face value and gives them hope.

7

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer at First Glance. First Glance is a great organization to provide a safe place for the students in the Kenmore area to hang out. The students love to talk and hang out with the leaders and their friends. Just to have somebody they can talk to and who will listen to them and make them feel loved. The leaders care about those students. First Glance creates an environment that a lot of students don't have at home. For the students there are only two important days in the week. Thursday and Friday. First Glance has several other great programs to help the students. Without First Glance Kenmore would be a different community for the youth. First Glance is a safe haven for them.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well the thing that impresses methe most that they follow Christ's model...Meeting the needs of the people first and then taking care of their spiritual life...not attempting to make choices for the people instead..showing them the Love of Christ and merely letting them know that there is more info available to them about from where that Love comes from and how they can OWN that love for themselves and that is so AWESOME

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Glance is a vital ministry for the teens in the Akron/ Kenmore community. Over the years, growing up in the Kenmore area, I have seen the culture and environment of this area change. First Glance provides a haven – safe place – where teens can meet, socialize with other teens in a supervised area, keeping them off the dangerous streets. The First Glance leaders work closely with area churches providing the teens a solid moral structure for their lives – many of these teens have no structure or guidance from their homes at all. I have watch this ministry grow for the past several years as my daughter has been a youth leader there. The dedication of the leaders is truly amazing. Their hearts ache for the students they become involved with. They become wonderful role models for the teens and show these teens the true love of God. Many teens have totally redirected their lives because of the guidance of the First Glance Ministry. -Diane Corr

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance is saving lives - pure and simple. From a basic outsider looking in, I'm amazed at the number of youngsters and young adults who flock to the center. They are in search of things like entertainment, companionship, leadership and love. They find them all at First Glance.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

All I can say is WOW! I just had my first experience helping out at First Glance with the teen moms. What an outreach for these girls who are also moms or ready to become moms at such a young and vulnerable age. It has truly opened my eyes to the need for mentoring to these girls. We all know it exists, but to see it first hand was an eye-opener for me. From the moment I stepped into the building, I was greeted and accepted, and I felt very comfortable to be there to help in any capacity. I just hope my being there will in turn help someone else as it has already been a blessing to me. What a great opportunity to be a part of someone else's life, who may have a great need or just need someone to listen to them. Thank you for this privilege to work with all of you at First Glance.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going to first glance since i was in the 6th grade. now im in 9th and theres has been alot of changes since then. they bought the neighbors office and changed it into a huge extension for first glance. there pizza & pop is pretty cheap, you can get the "special" which is 2 pieces of pizza and a can of pop for only 1.25! if you ask me, first glance is what got me to be not shy to talk to other people. this is the best teen center that has ever existed.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program has a great outreach to the children in it's community. They are available to kids that are being forgotten. The teen mom program helps give these young girls support and answers that they may not receive. When the doors first opened the kids poured in and found a great place to hang out and stay off of the streets. They provide a place to learn morales, and have fun!

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was the most amazing place ive been. All the Volunteers were so helpful and caring. the kids were great. overall it is great place. A+

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with First Glance for about 6 months and I think the thing that has impacted me the most is the relationships being built there. The leaders truly love volunteering and listening to the teens talk about everything that's going on in their lives. The teens can come and be loved simply because they are who they are. There is NO pretense. These students could choose to do anything with their Thursday or Friday nights. They come to First Glance not because we put on a great show, but because they have deeper needs that can't be met without someone taking the time to listen to their story.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to First Glance with a church group to help with a building project, and once I discovered what it was all about, I fell in love. They've invested their lives into the teens of Kenmore and made an impact that words can't describe. I'm stoked that I get to be a part of that by volunteering there.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Glance is a safe place for teens to come and to grow as they are surrounded by Christians. And as a 2 time visitor this place has touched me in a way I would have never imagined I wish every city had a place like First Glance

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance is an awesome opportunity to connect with students and other leaders for a night of fun, encouragement, and support. It offers a safe environment for the teens, and the staff is an amazing group of people who care and sacrifice their time because of their desire to share God's love as well as build friendship with the students. First Glance has been a very relaxed atmosphere, there is no threat in the environment at all, and it has been a great opportunity for me to serve teens by listening to them, encouraging them through the everyday struggles they are dealing with in life, and build friendships. All Teenagers have the desire to fit in and be noticed and loved, First Glance has been amazing in helping accomplish a place where teens can come, have quality time with their friends, enjoy fun and food, and at the same time, be loved by the leaders and see their example. It really does make an impact as these teens leave to go back to the difficult situations a lot of them live in. It is the one glimps of hope they have during the week. First Glance changes lives. They make a difference.

7

Former Volunteer

Rating: 5

FIRST GLANCE...truly bleeds their mission. They exists to connect to students in the community. Since the start the MISSION has always been the heartbeat. What is most astounding about this organization is the contagious PASSION (driven by the mission), not only amongst the staff & students, but throughout the community. This passion has acted as a catalyst in a re-focus of community/personal values: family/faith/character...the list goes on and on! In a world, where compromise is commonplace & lack of direction is prevalent...FIRST GLANCE remains steadfast & firm in their purpose! (if you don't believe me--check it out for yourself)

13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with First Glance has been very eye opening. I get to interact with students each week and see them in an environment they are comfortable to be themselves. It is that type of environment that enables First Glance to effectively reach students and impact them positively. They are comfortable to be open and honest with us and look to us for help.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Glance is an amazing place for teens to go and make new friends, hang out with other friends and just be themselves. Everyone there always is having fun and if theres something you want to talk to someone about theres always someone who is there to listen. Its also a place to keep kids out of trouble!

14

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with First Glance for almost a year now and it has been an AWESOME experience! I have gotten to see first hand how much the kids love coming but even more valuable how much the love the leaders! These kids just want someone to love them without stipulations. First Glance provides a safe place for them to get off the streets and receive attention and consideration.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was at a recent open house at first glance. since last time i was their it has grew is size and it is still to small for all the things that they do. It is a great place for young teen to hang out and stay out of trouble. I think god for helping them with all they do and what they can do in the future.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

it the best place to be and it's a hang out place for teenagers and u can eat drinks there is candy pop

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a part of a local church that supports First Glance with volunteers and encouragement. I was a former leader of an abstinence prevention program in a neighboring community that ended recently due to budget cuts. I have had the opportunity to refer a bunch of the kids that were in my class to First Glance. They were so excited about what First Glance is doing, and even bigger revues from the parents. Parents were relieved to have a place for their kids to go-a safe place. The leadership at First Glance, and their commitment is phenomenal. Talk about a beacon of light in a community.

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i have been going to first glance insince i was in the 3rd grade, it has changed so much over the time! but it is amazing.the volenteers are just so nice and they will try to comfort you the second you walk in the doors, im now a student leader its pretty fun i halp clean up and if i see anything going i get an adullt to help the problam. there is like no problams there thought, like i thought there would be but there isnt at all. i absolutely love it!!! i got there every thursday friday and tuesday i get a chance too. also second look it is on the first wed of every month. i think it is a great thing that they have there. i hope every child gets a chance to experence it or something like it. i dont know how hank all of the first glance crew enough!!!!!♥ Jina Simon

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a thursday night leader, and sometimes on tuesdays. I've been volunteering for a few months now at first glance

12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy connecting with students each week. First Glance does a great job in providing a safe environment for local teenagers

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a First Glance open house. I am very impressed with the leaders and staff and the many programs they provide. First Glance provides a safe place where teens can go and be shown the love and concern they deserve. The leaders are a positive role model that is missing in so many young lives today. First Glance has creatively used their resources and continues to grow and add new programs. There are to be commended for great impact they have made on the community.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

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.