An Introduction to First Glance.
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Why We Exist.

Our Mission.

We exist to connect students and their communities to Christ and the Church through real, loving, and non-threatening avenues.

First Glance at a Glance.

Serving the Akron Community For Over 20 Years.

Founded in


11 Active


Over 10,000

Students Served

A Note From Our Executive Director.


When students are struggling with hard things in life — home life, socio-economic disadvantages, racism, or figuring out their identity — they need to know there’s a God who really cares, who really sees, and who is truly with them in their struggle. This is where, by God’s grace, First Glance volunteers, staff, and programming come in.

We are committed to living life with the young people we meet. Through a variety of activities, programs, and outreaches, our desire is to become family to our students. The love of Jesus empowers all we do — meeting students where they are, building relationships, encouraging potential, reminding them of their worth in Christ. I am passionate about impacting the students and community of Kenmore and Greater Akron — for today and for eternity. It is a privilege to do ministry with the First Glance team, connect with our students, and strive to make Jesus known to each one so they can be who they were created to be. Thank you for considering being part of the journey!


Jessica Swiger.

Team Members

Our team is committed to walking side-by-side with our students, showing up beyond our 9 to 5 and truly becoming family.

Community Partners

We are beyond grateful for our community partners that generously offer their support, making our programming possible.

We Get to Be Family.

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