Youthlinc

Rating: 4.86 stars   474 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services, International, Economic Development, Microfinance

Location: 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.

2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

The Kaysville Rotary Club is a proud donor for many years. We look forward to sponsoring students each year who come back enriched with life changing experiences, while serving their fellow man in far away places.

Thank you for allowing us to be a part of Youthlinc as a donor.

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Thank you Kaysville Rotary Club - and so many Rotary Clubs in Utah who support the local and international service that Utah youth contribute through our Service Year. We love Rotary, and we love Kaysville Club!

Rating: 5 stars  

The last time I volunteered with Youthlinc was in 2013. This year I will be volunteering again. I am so excited to meet new people with a similar vision of helping other. My experience in 2013 was life changing and one of the best experiences of my life. I am looking forward to the 2015 service year and working with so many wonderful people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc far exceeded any expectations I had of them. I am so glad I got myself involved in this incredible organization and will be for the rest of my life. They are organized, understanding, helpful, and truly care about their cause and every single person involved with the organization. They work so hard to make the service year the best ever and it always is. You will never regret being involved with Youthlinc because they provide opportunities you cannot get anywhere else. Meeting new people in your community and all over the world, gaining a life-long love for service, being completely changed by the people you meet on your trip and through your local service, and most importantly making a change. I love Youthlinc and recommend it to anyone!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

This year, traveling to Thailand to help the Burmese people was one of the most life changing experiences I have ever had. Realizing how much we did for these people and how thankful they were for us being there was an incredible feeling. Not only did we go to teach and help the Burmese people but the Burmese people taught us. We left with more knowledge about there culture and way of life then we had arriving. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc was such a life changing experience for me. The way the program is run is wonderful and it honestly does make life long humanitarians. The opportunities they give to serve inside your community and in the outside world are amazing. Not only did I bond with the people of Guatemala but I also with my whole team and I made friendships that will last a lifetime. Youthlinc was one of the bet experiences of my life and I would recommend it to everyone.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My time with Youthlinc was one of the most defining and unforgettable experiences of my life. Youthlinc pushed me to make volunteerism a part of my life and I'm so glad it did. Service has helped to shape the person I'm becoming and has inspired me to dedicate my life to helping others. I can't wait to do another service trip with this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Push students to get to know each other better before the trip.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with Youthlinc for years and I couldn't be happier with the results within the community, the international community, the mentors, the students, and their parents. Youthlinc changes lives all over. One of the best parts of Youthlinc is the required community service hours--giving back to the community before going abroad.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

grow the program more by adding more programs and more mentors.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is fantastic and I would recommend it to anybody looking to make a difference.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I heard about Youthlinc a few years ago and immediately wanted to get involved. Youthlinc was not only able to give me an opportunity to travel to Kenya and make a difference there, but it helped me realize there are plenty of places in our community that need help. Traveling to Kenya and making a difference for the people there was definitely life-changing and anyone involved will tell you the same thing. Thanks to Youthlinc and the wonderful people apart of it, I'm volunteering regularly and am now headed back to Kenya for a second time. Youthlinc is absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

My volunteer experience definitely changed my outlook on life and I learned a whole bunch of new things. It's also a great place to make life long friends who believe in serving and bettering the community.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happiest I've ever been!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have never met such a caring, generous and enthusiastic group of people like the ones I met at Youthlinc. The people here put all their efforts toward us volunteers and to our mutual goal to help the community we were visiting. All of these people are very supportive and help you accomplish all your tasks. They completely prepare you for your trip and are willing to go the extra mile just to help you out. I've experienced this personally. As my trip to Kenya was almost here I was overwhelmed with school work, sports, and Youthlinc tasks. However, my group reached out and help me accomplish what I needed to do for the trip. Everyone helped everyone, we made sure that we were all going to be prepared and not left behind.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't make any

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a partner working with the Youthlinc team in Thailand, we were impressed by the work ethic and interest level of the volunteers to complete their projects. Their hard work and enthusiasm will be remembered by the Burmese community for a long time to come! Thank you.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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