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Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   532 reviews 20,688

Address:

1140 E. Brickyard Rd. # 76 Salt Lake City UT 84106 USA

Mission:

The mission of Youthlinc is to create lifetime humanitarians. Our core programs (Local & International Service Year, Utah Local Service Directory, Young Humanitarian Award, Real Life teen refugee mentoring program) are based in principles from educational and service learning research: student leadership, hands on sustained service which creates an emotional bond, mentoring, project based and cooperative learning.

Results:

Each year, 200 Youthlinc students contribute over 15,000 hours of service in Utah, becoming relied upon volunteers for over 100 community service agencies. Each year, Youthlinc Service Year teams contribute nearly $400,000 in water projects, construction projects, vocational training and equipment, special needs services, school and medical supplies, small loans, and other quality of life initiatives in partnership with impoverished communities in Cambodia, Guatemala, Kenya, Peru, Vietnam and Thailand. Our online Utah Local Service Directory is a resource of student friendly service sites recommended for young people by young people for hands on service in a positive mentoring atmosphere. This resource is available for everyone in the state, and allows volunteers to log, track, and verify their service hours. Our Young Humanitarian Award annually recognizes Utah young people who excel at giving back with a $5,000 college scholarship and three $1,000 runner up awards. Our Real Life teen refugee mentoring program pairs Utah young people with underserved teens in South Salt Lake to deliver a fun and interactive life skills curriculum including financial literacy, health and hygiene, job and college preparation, social skills, and cross cultural activities. Though only 5% -20% of our incoming class of students each year have had any significant volunteering experience, 60-93% of our alums continue to serve in their communities.

Target demographics:

create lifetime humanitarians through local and international service

Direct beneficiaries per year:

200 students, over 100 Utahservice agencies, thousands of individuals in Cambodia, Kenya, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam.

Geographic areas served:

Utah & 6 developing nations

Programs:

our Service Year, Utah Local Service Directory, Young Humanitarian Award, Real Life refugee teen mentoring program.

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801-467-4417
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first got involved with Youthlinc back in 2013 and was able to go to Kenya on the humanitarian trip. I absolutely loved my experience, my team, and all the things I learned from other students/Kenyans. In fact, I still keep in touch with a little girl named Shamila who calls me a couple times a year. My younger brother Spencer went to Kenya last year (2015) and met Shamila and was able to take her a photo book that I had made for her. She started crying when she got it and Spencer said he knew right then how impactful these relationships are. I then tried a few other organizations the following years and just didn't fall in love with them the way I did with Youthlinc. I love how Youthlinc focuses on local service because I honestly didn't know there was such a dire need and that I didn't have to go to another country to make a difference, although that is also a very powerful part of the service year. I did my local service at Park City Hospital and still keep in touch with people I met there while volunteering. Now as a college student at the University of Utah, I've completely gone a different direction with my major than what I had planned for myself because of Youthlinc. I've seen how Youthlinc impacts people's lives literally around the world. As the oldest child, my younger siblings have seen the difference that it has made in my life and have chosen to get involved as well. Even my parents, who are now on the Board, participate as much as they can whether sponsoring other students to go or sit on the parents panel at orientation to share with others our positive experiences as a family by being involved with Youthlinc. This year I had the amazing opportunity to be an Alum Leader with my brother Spencer on a trip to Thailand, and our younger brother Andrew was able to come along as a first time student. The best part about participating on the leadership side of these trips is watching it change these kids who decide to go. It is a lot of work for months before and sometimes it gets a little hard for teenagers to put as a priority in their lives, but once they're out in-country and building strong relationships with others I can see it all click for them; that this is why they've put in so much effort and that it's worth it. That is my favorite part, being able to witness these experiences change the hearts and minds of people. Youthlinc creates lifetime humanitarians time and time again and i'm proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love this organization and everything it does. My only complaint was I found my team to be disrespectful and unfocused in country and struggled working with them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

From the beginning of the service year serving in my local community to serving in country, Youthlinc has been an amazing experience! It gave me the opportunity to learn how to become a leader, how to build long lasting relationships, and helped me expand on my social skills. It is a great way to get involved with your community and a way to help those all around the world. I highly recommend the Youthlinc program as a way to not only change the lives of others but as a way to change your life for the better and begin the path of becoming a life long humanitarian. I will never forget the life lessons I have learned and the memories of my trip and service year all thanks to the unforgettable experience that Youthlinc has provided me with.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This was our first experience with Youthlinc and it was wonderful! They are a great organization. They are well organized, great at communicating and clear on what their expectations are of the kids. I like that their goal is building life long humanitarians. The 80 hours local service that the kids have to do is wonderful and Youthlinc is great at providing opportunities. My daughter's experience with Youthlinc and her trip to Nepal was life changing! Thank you Youthlinc for providing this opportunity to the kids in our community!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

For 16 days I had one of the most amazing experiences of my entire life thanks to the Youthlinc organization and the wonderful individuals that helped make the journey possible. I traveled to Nepal with 41 other participants to perform work at a school in Suntakhan. Although we were only in country for 12 days, they were the most life changing ones which I have experienced. I would highly recommend this program to anyone, not simply for the opportunity to help so many other people, but for the chance it gives one to grow as an individual. You may think that you will teach the people in county much, I promise you, though, it is nothing compared to the lessons you will learn from them. I encourage to take this chance to leave a beautiful legacy within the hearts of all those who you will touch, for the memories you leave them will remain remembered for a lifetime.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is absolutely incredible. my experience with them was unforgettable and will always be in my heart. I enjoyed the opportunity to be apart of something bigger. Definitely one of the best organizations out there. our service trip to Guatemala this year was one for the books, it really made me take things and life into perspective. I would not hesitate to go on another trip like this through youthlinc. Their organization was exceptional the people that run the organization are exceptional people and I loved my team and the things I went through with them. I love love love youthlinc.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Going on a youthlinc trip has truly changed my life, going across the world to help and teach others is an experience you won't receive often, and I assure you that I learned more from them than i could have ever taugh them. Youthlinc is a great program that I would recommend to anyone and everyone.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

We went to a small village in northern Thailand and taught the students English and the women sewing. The women we taught to see ended up starting a business. It is an export emcee I wouldn't trade do the world and recommend for anyone interested in a humanitarian trip.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is amazing. I would not be the person I am if I hadn't gone on a Youthlinc trip. It's absolutely life changing. The friendships you make arrangements unforgettable. To see the happiness on the villagers faces makes everything worth it.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My son Phillip joined the Youthlinc team in 2016 and traveled to Thailand on his service trip in June. It was the best thing he has done to date in terms of developing an un-paralleled appreciation for culture and realization that the world is out there for him to see.

I would recommend it to anyone who has a student that wants to expand their horizons!

 
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