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Youthlinc

Rating: 4.85 stars   527 reviews 20,609

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.

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is an amazing program. As an educator of 25 years and a parent of a Youthlinc volunteer it is by far one of the most successful leadership training program for you. I have seen my own daughter and hundreds others thrive. The beauty of this organization is that it changes the hearts of all involved. My daughter loved serving the elderly on our local town and was the light of the rest home. She cried when she had to leave Guatemala after her summer humanitarian trip. What Youthlinc accomplished in two short weeks is nothing short of miraculous. 38 families were taught vocational skills, business and money management, and dozens of children we estatic to learn about sound, health and dozens of other lessons. Concrete floors were poured and specially designed stoves installed. Lives will be saved literally by not having toxic smoke in their homes. The adult volunteers sacrificed and pay their own way to ensure the experience is superior. When a young adult catches a vision to serve then they fulfill the mission statement in its entirety- "Creating Humanitarians For Life!" All my children will be Youthlinc humanitarians! Judy has created a model that is second to none. This organization needs to be in every state!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter went to Guatemala in 2015 and Thailand in 2016. Both times, she raised the money herself, proving it can be done. And it was so worth it. She has a good heart and Youthlinc is a journey of the heart, bringing out the best in all who participate, youths and adults alike. The trips are well-planned, they accomplish a lot and the participants come back both grateful for their own blessings and anxious to help others. Best of all, the service they do in their own communities gives them a keener understanding of many people's lives — and a deep desire to forge connections and help others. If you have a chance to go, GO!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Youthlinc is a traveling nonprofit that focuses on both community and worldwide service. My experience with this nonprofit was as a student volunteer. I volunteered rather frequently with other groups before joining Youthlinc, but the Youthlinc program helped me serve on a larger scale. To participate you have to contribute at least 80 hours of local community service, and after doing this and raising the money necessary, you go to another country to serve the education systems there. I went to Thailand with Youthlinc, and it taught me a lot and helped me develop a greater passion for serving, and a stronger sense of the worth of others, as well as my self. I learned a lot with Youthlinc, and highly recommend doing it if you are interested in serving both your community and worldwide.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Youthlinc is the best nonprofit I have ever worked with. This is simply because it provides everyone with opportunities to help others in our backyard and 2,700 miles away. This nonprofit teaches true leadership, commitment and hard work to anyone who is involved. This was my first year participating and I was a part of the Guatemala Team. However, the airport was not where this journey began. It was required for me and all of the other students on my team to volunteer at least 80 local service hours before leaving to Guatemala. I was lucky enough to participate in the Real Life Program coordinated by Youthlinc. Every Monday and some Wednesday's I would go to the Hser Ner Moo community center and help teen refugees living in Salt Lake City with their homework. Not only were we tutors but we would also help teach life lessons to the students everyday. Some of these students could barely speak English, however every single one was eager and motivated to learn and succeed. I learned from this experience how truly important education is and how sometimes I take it for granted. These students made me realize how lucky I am to be going to school and to be learning. Volunteering locally was not the only thing each team member had to do to be prepared for Guatemala. We had monthly meetings, and at these we would prepare. This is where Youthlinc teaches each student commitment. This organization taught us to commit to what we are doing and to do our best all the time. Our team prepared very well for the trip, we knew what we were going to do with the two communities we were helping and how we were going to do it. However, without this preparation our time in Guatemala would not have been as useful and productive for the people of Pacoxpom and las Escobitas. I was a participant of this business committee. We prepared to have a business fair for all the men and women in the community. During the fair we each created lesson plans to teach the men and women. The subjects of these lessons varied from money management to entrepreneurship or to basic marketing skills. When we were in Guatemala and gave our business fair it could not have gone better. The men and women could not have been more responsive. We all felt like what they learned will now help small businesses in the community to grow which will help with the villages economy. However, this would not have happened if each person in my committee didn't work as hard as they did and commit to our projects. We were fully prepared which was why the business fair was a huge success. Another thing our committee lead was computer lessons to the students at Las Escobitas. This was an experience I will never forget. The kids were scared to use a computer, something I use everyday. They simply did not know how to use one. Showing them and watching their faces light up while they were learning was unforgettable. These lessons will now benefit the students in school forever, they can now learn and do their work on the computers. It's examples like these that makes Youthlinc such a unique nonprofit. The work we do locally and globally is not work that will be forgotten. Everything we did in the villages the people will use forever. It's not something they saw and will now forget as they move on with their lives. Youthlinc provides people with skills and tools that can make their life more prosperous for a lifetime, not just the two weeks we are there. Another example of this was our construction project in Guatemala. The people in the community had dirt as their floors, and stoves with no ventilation. These were both health hazards that our team was able to help with. As a team we put in cement floors in 37 homes, and in each of these homes installed a new stove with ventilation. They will never have to cook on an open stove again. This made the people so happy and they were so thankful for the floors and the new stove. Not only were we working hard with construction, but each student taught an English lesson to the students of the villages. These lessons varied and it was a great way for the students to advance their English and learn something new. Regardless of what we did we were always having fun, and creating memories that we will never forget. We being my team and I and the people of Guatemala. We came together as a community and created so many emotional bonds that were difficult to say goodbye to. On this trip I learned many things, developed several friendships, and developed many skills that I will use for the rest of my life. Not only did my team change the lives of Las Escobitas and Pacoxpom but our lives were changed as well. All these memories, and this whole experience was because of Youthlinc. As a nonprofit Youthlinc's goal is to create lifetime humanitarians. I can confidently say that the 2016 Guatemalan team is now full of lifetime humanitarians, all because of Youthlinc, I simply cannot wait to participate with them more in the furture.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This summer, I had the opportunity to be a part of the 2016 Guatemala Youthlinc team. The entirety of my trip provided me with new opportunities and experiences that changed my overall perspective for the better. This is largely thanks to the organization and positive support of Youthlinc and the leaders on my team. By working so closely with its in-country coordinators at People for Guatemala, Youthlinc is able to aid long term sustainable projects each year. For example, our vocational team worked with People for Guatemala to maintain a safe place to keep Youthlinc's sewing machines and ensure the villagers from Pacoxpon will continue to have access to sewing lessons even after we have left.

As a whole, I highly support Youthlinc and hope to continue working with the organization as an alum leader next year. My experiences mixing cement, installing stoves, teaching English lessons, and leading the Mondo Art project have allowed me to form lasting relationships with my team and the people of Guatemala, learn more about myself, and make a lasting impact in the community. I treasure each and every memory made during the trip and am forever grateful for the lessons on gratitude and kindness that I have gained and will continue to cherish throughout the rest of my life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2016

 
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