Welcome to First Glance

2015 Auction Update

Our 2015 auction, An Evening on the Islands, was a huge success thanks to many generous donors, attendees, and volunteers! Hosted at the Hilton Garden Inn, it was the first year that the auction was held off-site. 175 people enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, dinner, and dessert while bidding on live and silent items like artwork, gourmet baskets, First Glance student made gifts, trips, and a Goodyear Blimp ride. 

This event kicks begins our year-end giving appeal. End-of-the-year donations provide for a substantial amount of our yearly income, allowing us to open our doors, connect students and mentors, provide meals, and much more. We hope you will make First Glance one of your charitable giving recipients. This year, we’re offering two ways to increase your donation: Click the WaySide Furniture and #GivingTuesday links to the right to find out more.

First Glance Turns Fifteen!

On September 14th, First Glance celebrated FIFTEEN years of service to the Kenmore Community. When Noelle Beck and Karen Freeman hosted the first Rec Night back in 2000, they had no idea the impact that initial night would have. Now as we reflect back on all God has done through First Glance, we are amazed at what He has accomplished in these fifteen years:


  • First Glance is a place where even people who don’t know Jesus feel comfortable and loved.​​
  • We’ve seen numerous students come to faith in Christ, including former gang members and drug addicts.​
  • We have the best volunteers who are COMMITTED to seeing this community transformed. We have NINETY-ONE consistent program volunteers, and currently, 45% of our volunteers live in the community!

​We are so grateful to be able to love our students and Kenmore day-in and day-out. As Noelle often says, we truly do have “a front row seat at what God is doing,” and we are excited to see how He continues to use this organization in the years to come. 


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.