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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

102 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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+

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with First Glance for alittle over 6months. Prior to First Glance I volunteered with other innercity organizations. I have to say that First Glance is like no other organization. I appreciate the staff's heart for these students. They love then no matter how rough or bad they can be. First Glance has truely changed so many students lives.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with Project Shine, a work project in Kenmore, OH, for the past two summers. This summer, I had the privilege to oversee a crew made up of primarily teens from First Glance. These kids were working hard and helping the elderly in their community by fixing up their homes, and loving them through conversation and prayer. Most of these kids hadn't done this type of work before, and chose to take time, a full week, out of their summer vacations, to help those in need. To me, this is great example of opportunities brought to kids through First Glance. The teens were exposed to a different side of their community and were able to experience the fruits of service. Since that time, I have talked with multiple First Glance workers and volunteers. Their heart for the kids in their community is breathtaking. They have passion not only to care for the teens by giving them a safe place to 'hang out' and learn, but they also genuinely love them and work tirelessly to equip them for today and the future. First Glance is a place that strives to meet the needs of the community, and works towards refining the full potential of each teen that comes through the doors. I am humbled to know of such a place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

First Glance is changing an entire community one person at a time. Through creating many small niche communities led by enthusiastic staff, First Glance gets involved in students and leaders lives giving them hope, love and acceptance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is my home away from place to go...It is so fun. I would invite everyone to come if i could. I have been coming here since i was in the 7th grade and it is awesome...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first went to First Glance in September of 2007, and from then ive been there usually every week since then to hang out with friends and play guitar.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

it is fun and i like playin pool and playin video games and playin basket ball and hangin out with my froends

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

first glance is amazing i love it .. its a fung outgoing place for young adults to just have fun ...