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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

101 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.