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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

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love First Glance because my brother showed it to me. I have fun hanging with my friends and getting fit while doing so.

4

Client Served

Rating: 3

It is an alright place to be. I think that this place helps people with problems. I really enjoyed this place for months.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is fun and cool and to see friends and my boyfriend and I can get out of my house and it is so fun.

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

I love First Glance because they do everything for us. They give us a lot of food at reasonable prices. I also love to play the video games and pool.

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

The place is sometimes boring when not a lot of people come because there isn't that much activities. But for the most part it is a good place to hangout at.

4

Client Served

Rating: 4

I keep coming back to First Glance because I get to hang out with my best friends and it's fun.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have things I don't have at home to do, and I like meeting the kids who go there. I've made new friends.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is very fun and gives you time to talk to your friends without being in school. It's really fun here and I love to hang out here.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love it! It is awesome and it's somewhere to go with no drama. I like to come and hang out with my friends.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been coming here for a really long time. I always have fun. I come here for girls group and I never wanna leave. It's a great way to keep me out of trouble.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is a wonderful place. I get to hang out with my friends. I meet new people. The staff are nice people. The food is great. Also, the games and activities are fun.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is nice and chill. Good place to sit and hang out. Definitely a good place to come to stay out of trouble.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was fun. You get to do stuff with friends and with family. I never get in trouble when I am here.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I liked the band because my sister knows them and so do I and I like their music. They have also performed in Summit Mall and we went to see them there.

7

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I like to come here to have fun, hang out, eat pizza, play some. I like this place because of the band that comes to play for us.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kalahari was the best last year. The best thing about the trip was that I conquered my fear of water slides.

10

Client Served

Rating: 4

I come here to see friends and because I am really bored at home. I come on Friday to play basketball with my friends.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

Because we can play basketball. We can skateboard. We can play the Xbox 360 and the Wii. I like First Glance because we can get on the computers for free.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's always fun. I like going down to teen moms. I volunteer there. I like coming to Thursday and Friday nights cause I get to hang out with my friends. The staff is amazing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering in April of 2009, and I have been coming back time & time again. Despite the chaotic atmosphere, I really love these kids. Noelle and Tim really have something going here. I've never heard of a place for kids to hangout that didn't have a catch. It's amazing that people will dedicate so much time just out of the goodness of their hearts.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Helping out here is awesome. I wasn't sure what to expect the first time, but I think First Glance really does help change lives. Jessica Adams is my small group leader and she was the one who introduced me to First Glance. Just hearing how passionate she is about First Glance showed me that something special must be happening here. After coming for the past two Fridays, I can see that it is just what I want to keep coming to - to get to know the people here and be a part of what God is doing in their lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

hangout with friends, play basketball, pool, games, computer, eating, sitting, writing this paper, talking, and best of all seeing my favorite staff members!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I go to CF with Jess Adams and she invited me to First Glance. I'm really excited to spend more time here.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I run a Street Outreach Services organization in our community. We have visited First Glance to let the young people know about our services in the event they would ever need them, or have friends that are in need. I have been extremely impressed with this organization...the dedication of the staff and volunteers; the organization of the program; the maintenance of the facility; the way they impact the lives of so many youth!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started with First Glance when it first started i was in the 5th grade. around middle school i got heavy into violence and drugs first glance helped me out of that. they where there for me. they are the best. they did what they did for me because they care that ment the world to me and made me have dreams of going to college.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

First Glance is fun, I like eating pizza, getting on the computers, and playing basketball. And coming to First Glance keeps me out of trouble.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I started going here 3 weeks ago and it was fun and I like it here i like hanging out with people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed First Glance. All the people there were very helpful & listened to what I had to say. Overall a good experience.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Glance is amazing! The leaders of this organization truly have a desire to see lives changed by Christ's love. Each leader comes with a genuine and authentic love for each kid from the neighborhood. It is inspiring to see and experience such a positive influence in the town of Kenmore.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I started at First Glance I've loved every second I've spent with the kids and volunteers. It is an incredible resource to our community and demonstrates a perfect balance between relationships and programming.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love first glance because theres so much to do. I love seeing my friends and running around. Some of my best friends are here, and theres amazing people and games and music and special events at First Glance.

7

Client Served

Rating: 4

Well First Glance is a great place its alot of fun. I've met a lot of people here and many of them where old friends. The staff are great and there really cool. I just love this place.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is the most awesomest place eva!! I get to see all my friends and going to Kalahari is cool:) So is Noel, Fay, & Marleese! I love them!! Bye!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

First Glance is super super awesome. And food is super, super cheap so more people should come her and be awesome like this place.