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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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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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.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love to play basketball here, I love to skateboard, and eat and talk to my friends. I also always make new friends too!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I love coming here, it's so awesome! Every time I have a really awesome time. I always love coming to first glance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

FG is really fun especially skate night. Thursday is fun too. Fridays are better now because we don't have to pay one dollar.