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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer leader at First Glance now for almost three years. In that time I have been able to witness the great changes that take place in the lives of students due to the dedication of the people at First Glance. My life has also been impacted by the joy of serving God in my community and being able to take part in such positive changes in these kids.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just got involved this Summer volunteering at First Glance. It is a place kids can feel safe, let down their guard and enjoy being a kid. I like the way they give the kids freedom to be themselves, express themselves - yet know how to draw the line and give them the love of Christ. Its a great place to be a part of.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization. In the middle of a city in which teens are often faced with opportunities to be involved in crime, First Glance gives them other (good) choices. The staff teaches them - what to do to stay out of trouble, how to care for babies born to teen moms, why it's a good idea to abstain from sex, God and giving back to the community. Kudos to FG!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance meets a need in so many lives of children. Teen moms not only reaches the teens but their babies. It is awesome to see the close relationships the young people have with the leaders. It is a great program with great people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance is a place where kids can come & just be themselves and feel safe even if it is just for a couple hours a week. Each of the adults involved in this group truly care about the kids & want to help them better their lives. I am blessed to be a small part of this each week.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance helps students in the community stay out of trouble and provides positive role-models in their life. Tons of students show up every week and love the environment. Please consider First Glance for the Youth Achieve Award

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can't think of any other organization that should be honored with the Youth Thrive Award. First Glance is more than a building or program for teens...it is a family. A family that provides support in times of crises. A family that seeks to build one another up in love. A family that is empowering and equipping the next generation of leaders within our world. Thank you First Glance for the change you are making in Kenmore, and its surrounding communities.

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Donor

Rating: 5

First Glance is grassroots, approachable and makes a difference through genuine relationships. Kids lives are changed! They are a blessing in thier community - Kenmore.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance is the most effective urban youth ministry in the Akron area. It is a model that should be adopted and incorporated in other Ohio cities, and around the country.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

first glance is making a difference in the lives of kenmore teens. in fact, it is making such a diference in many kenmore teens that everyone some of these kids will ever interact with will be impacted. the first glance leaders and volunteers love these teens and the teens can tell. overtime, these same teens allow that same love to flow from them to others, and therefore first glance is impacting the world, one student at a time. first glance should be considered for the youth achive award.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having assisted with a couple of grant writing projects in the past, I was impressed with the dedication of the leadership at First Glance and with the stewardship of the resources and opportunities available to them. I believe fully that First Glance is an exceptional organization who cares deeply about the youth they serve and the quality of services they offer. This authenticity is recognized by the students whose attendance and participation have only continued to increase in response. The very fact that First Glance has continued to grow and extend their reach within the community of Kenmore, Ohio is a testament to both the faith and hard work of their leaders and volunteers, and their belief in the potential of the youth they have committed to mentoring.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First Glance is a grassroots organization that is really committed to the students, families, and community of Kenmore. I have seen changed lives through the dedication of the leaders and staff to Christ, to one another, and to the community. I have been a leader for several years, and it has changed who I am and how I live my life. It has greatly enriched my life. As much as I attempt to give, I receive so much more than I could ever hope to bestow. I have now moved into the community as a result. First Glance's various programs seek to provide assistance to the community by empowering the community itself; ultimately connecting them to the community of Christ.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

After over 5 years of involvement with First Glance, my husband and I have witnessed God's work in this community and in the lives of students and their families. In addition, we can say that being involved has created change in us. We are so thankful for leaders, financial donors, prayer partners, construction workers, etc. because together they are all needed to reach this community for Christ. One person, one family, one block at a time the community of Kenmore is being changed for His Glory!