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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

26 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Mary430

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Totally dedicated volunteers and staff provide a loving environment that changes the lives of at-risk kids. They have made a huge impact on the entire community

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A safe place for students, teen mom's and young adults (often facing difficult circumstances) to meet, connect with caring mentors and receive genuine acceptance! The volunteers at First Glance are fully committed to the young people in the community. This is a truly amazing organization and we love the great work they are doing!

hris

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Glance is an awesome place to be. There are many things to do such as, play pool, get on computers, air hockey, and many more fun activities. Definitely deserves my five stars!

12

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.

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm alway so impacted by the stories of numerous youth this program helps. I am fortunate enough to be close friends with a few adults in the program who feel called to serve as vessels in this way. I hope their erenst effort to make a difference in so many lives is rewarded in the Youth Thrive Award.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

love this place, without it i wouldnt be the person i am today! i love coming every week and skating the most :)

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

As an outsider who has been aware of First Glance, I am amazed at the dedication of the staff and the love they have for these teens. Many teens who would not otherwise have a positive place to spend time, are finding many reasons to go to First Glance. The teen mom program is filling in the gap where there has been a need. Tutoring teens, those at risk, and others adds to the service environment. And of course, the staff, at low or no salaries are so dedicated and know how to provide a fun environment within defined boundaries.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a teacher in a public high school in the area for the past ten years and seen so many at-risk students who can benefit greatly from the work of First Glance. The volunteers make a huge investment in these kids and change the course of their lives in many cases. The local community is blessed to have this organization working to support its young people.

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It's amazing to see what is being done in the lives of the kids in Kenmore! As someone who works in a school I see the challenges faced by teens on a daily basis. First Glance cares for the whole child and provides a safe and positive enviroment for them to grow and mature into productive young adults.

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Glance is a vital ministry for the teens in the Akron/ Kenmore community. Over the years, growing up in the Kenmore area, I have seen the culture and environment of this area change. First Glance provides a haven – safe place – where teens can meet, socialize with other teens in a supervised area, keeping them off the dangerous streets. The First Glance leaders work closely with area churches providing the teens a solid moral structure for their lives – many of these teens have no structure or guidance from their homes at all. I have watch this ministry grow for the past several years as my daughter has been a youth leader there. The dedication of the leaders is truly amazing. Their hearts ache for the students they become involved with. They become wonderful role models for the teens and show these teens the true love of God. Many teens have totally redirected their lives because of the guidance of the First Glance Ministry. -Diane Corr

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been going to first glance since i was in the 6th grade. now im in 9th and theres has been alot of changes since then. they bought the neighbors office and changed it into a huge extension for first glance. there pizza & pop is pretty cheap, you can get the "special" which is 2 pieces of pizza and a can of pop for only 1.25! if you ask me, first glance is what got me to be not shy to talk to other people. this is the best teen center that has ever existed.

9

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This program has a great outreach to the children in it's community. They are available to kids that are being forgotten. The teen mom program helps give these young girls support and answers that they may not receive. When the doors first opened the kids poured in and found a great place to hang out and stay off of the streets. They provide a place to learn morales, and have fun!

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Glance is a safe place for teens to come and to grow as they are surrounded by Christians. And as a 2 time visitor this place has touched me in a way I would have never imagined I wish every city had a place like First Glance

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

First Glance is an amazing place for teens to go and make new friends, hang out with other friends and just be themselves. Everyone there always is having fun and if theres something you want to talk to someone about theres always someone who is there to listen. Its also a place to keep kids out of trouble!

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was at a recent open house at first glance. since last time i was their it has grew is size and it is still to small for all the things that they do. It is a great place for young teen to hang out and stay out of trouble. I think god for helping them with all they do and what they can do in the future.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

it the best place to be and it's a hang out place for teenagers and u can eat drinks there is candy pop

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a part of a local church that supports First Glance with volunteers and encouragement. I was a former leader of an abstinence prevention program in a neighboring community that ended recently due to budget cuts. I have had the opportunity to refer a bunch of the kids that were in my class to First Glance. They were so excited about what First Glance is doing, and even bigger revues from the parents. Parents were relieved to have a place for their kids to go-a safe place. The leadership at First Glance, and their commitment is phenomenal. Talk about a beacon of light in a community.

8

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended a First Glance open house. I am very impressed with the leaders and staff and the many programs they provide. First Glance provides a safe place where teens can go and be shown the love and concern they deserve. The leaders are a positive role model that is missing in so many young lives today. First Glance has creatively used their resources and continues to grow and add new programs. There are to be commended for great impact they have made on the community.

11

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have had alot of fun here.i play my guitar here almost every thursday here. my band performed here a few weeks ago. and i always have fun

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been coming to firstglance since i was 12 now i am 17 years old im about to be 18. Firstglance is a great place to come to, to come hangout with freinds and relax and have snacks, and especially pizza.I remember the first time i was here they had the old side is was so cool the first time i came it was so cool, and i have came since, And i remeber when they got the other part they were closed awhile, and they were rebuilding it. ad when the first time they reopened i was so happy, And when they let us in i was suprised what they did, Firstglance is a cool place and i use to be a student leader but now i am not, But i still come to firstglance because it is so cool, and i aint got much more time to come here.