Welcome to First Glance

First Glance is a youth center that operates in Akron's Kenmore community on Kenmore Blvd. We have programming for students from grades 6 to 12 and for young adults ages 18 to 29. We offer a variety of programs which include a recreational night, a young adults program, a skatepark, an abstinence program as well as Teen Mom and Young Mom programs. No matter the program or activity, First Glance offers teenagers and young adults a safe place of grace and of unconditional love. Individuals can come in, be themselves, have fun, and learn about God. 


2014 Student Christmas Party

This year, First Glance hosted our 3rd annual All-Student Christmas Party on December 18th.  Students from all programs are invited to attend, and for many of these students, it is the only Christmas celebration they will be part of this holiday season.

First Glance creates a family atmosphere where volunteers are able to sit down and share a meal with the students. This year, we had 20 outside volunteers who helped set up and decorate. Many more cooked the food, served the meals, cleaned up, and watched children so that over 175 young adults and teens could share in a family style dinner with the 75 volunteers who also attended. The students enjoyed 11 turkeys, 120 pounds of mashed potatoes, and a variety of desserts!

After the meal, students and volunteers danced, made Christmas ornaments, played in a basketball tournament, and just enjoyed each other’s company.  As students left for the evening, they received a gift of a $5 Subway gift card.

God continued to be faithful, providing the necessary volunteers, food, and gift cards. Thank you to everyone who cooked and volunteered to make the Christmas party a huge success!