First Glance Student Center, Inc.

Becoming Family. Encouraging Potential. Empowering Community.

aka First Glance   |   Akron, OH   |  www.firstglance.org

Mission

Our mission is to connect students and their communities to Christ and the church through real, loving, and non-threatening avenues.

Ruling year info

2005

Executive Director

Mrs. Jessica Swiger

Main address

943 Kenmore Blvd.

Akron, OH 44314 USA

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EIN

20-2610539

NTEE code info

Youth Centers, Clubs, (includes Boys/Girls Clubs)- Multipurpose (O20)

Religious Leadership, Youth Development (O55)

Christian (X20)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rec Night

Rec night is for 6th grade to 20 years of age to come, play games, and hangout, in a safe environment with their friends. Food is available at our concession stand.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Helps young adults, aged 20-29 to move forward with employment, self-sufficiency, and integrity. A meal is served to attendees as well.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Helps teenage and young adult mothers learn proper childcare, independence, and self-sufficiency. Childcare is provided for infants/toddlers and programming is available for children of moms, ages 3-10 (see "Tiny Glancers" below). A dinner is served to all attendees.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Families
Adolescent parents
Single parents

A weekly program that helps teen girls deal with tough issues such as relationships, gossip, sex, and friendships. Dinner is served to all attendees.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

A leadership and education program that challenges students who are ready to be more responsible in all areas of life.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

We are a skatepark, open to all skaters, with the goal to share the love of Christ through skateboarding.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Preteens
At-risk youth

Tiny Glancers serves the children (ages 3-10) of the Teen and Young Mom program participants.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Children
Families

Provides a family-style meal and inspirational guest speakers to the Kenmore High School football team, promoting team unity.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Where we work

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

First Glance youth center will be a beacon of hope and positive force for change within the kenmore community, while maintaining a continued emphasis on prayer. By 2016, our expanding volunteer base will build transforming relationships with 600 urban adolescents through weekly programming, intentionally connecting a quarter of them to a gathered body of believers. It is with these relationships and family-like culture that the adolescents will feel a sense of love, acceptance and belonging.

Our ministry strategy is simple and flows directly from our mission. Build relationships with students in order to connect them to Christ and the church through real, loving non-threatening avenues.

In 2014 First Glance went through a Strat Op (http://patersoncenter.com/stratop-strategic-planning/) identifying 5 key areas of strategic investment and growth for the entire organization. Since that time First Glance has been pursuing consultants and volunteers to develop these areas.

1. Architect and implement a robust funding model.
2. Develop and install a programming expansion and refinement plan.
3. Create and launch a church-link strategy.
4. Create and implement a connections strategy.
5. Develop and implement a PR/communications strategy.

Each year First Glance hosts a 'vision' day to evaluate each of these areas, as well as other organizational function and compare them to our mission statement. This collaboration between paid staff, volunteers and board members provides the necessary feedback to stay focused on our mission.

First Glance owns two buildings, hosts 11 programs, and has seen several thousand different teens and young adults through it's doors over the years. In the perfect location, First Glance is one block from Kenmore High school, next door to the Kenmore library and on Kenmore Blvd in the center of the community. These assets combined with the following information position First Glance to intentionally impact the Kenmore community.

In 2014:
First Glance had 150 consistent volunteers, who volunteer two or more times per month.
First Glance also had an additional 390 volunteers served in a one-time capacity.
Totaling 540 different volunteers pouring into our students.
First Glance partnered with 12 different churches, allowing First Glance to be a bridge between the church and this community.
16 different foundations partnered with the work in the Kenmore community and provided much needed financial support and encouragement
Construction was completed on a new 'Learning Center' to impact the children of the Teen and Young Mom programs.

The Strat Op process has lead to changes in staff positions and responsibilities. This has allowed First Glance to be more streamlined and better suited to meet our fundraising and PR goals. First Glance also continues to reach out to new church partners, adding contacts and supporters each year, creating church-link connections.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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First Glance Student Center, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/13/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Andre Thornton Jr.


Board co-chair

Michelle Highsmith

Kelly Hawkins

Andre Thornton

ASW Global

Michelle Highsmith

Danielle Bentley

SEI

Pam Collica

Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce

Tami Valvo

Benjamin White

The Chapel - Kenmore

Courtney Yanda

Angela Puertas

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/13/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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